Only about 120 thousand people live in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), whereas 3 million—in Armenia. There is no need to risk three million Armenians for the sake of Artsakh. Gurgen Arsenyan, an MP of the ruling majority Civil Contract Faction of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia, announced this during Friday’s NA hearings on the ongoing Azerbaijani blockage of the Lachin corridor that links Artsakh to Armenia—and responding to the criticisms of the current Armenian authorities.
Moreover, Arsenyan accused the participants of the hearings of irresponsibility.
"Are you ready to answer for your words and the threats you made before? You just sit and wave your finger. Have the right priorities. Start presenting everything correctly. Who are you, in general?" he said, criticizing his opponents.
According to him, the people have already passed the verdict of the current opposition in the 2021 parliamentary election.
After this expression, a fight of words started.
Seyran Ohanyan, leader of the opposition "Armenia" Faction and former defense minister, chairing the hearing, called on those in attendance to remain silent and allow Arsenyan to continue his address. However, his pleas were repeatedly ignored.
But that did not stop Arsenyan from continuing his remarks.
"The manipulation of the Karabakh issue will not give you the opportunity to come to power in Armenia. Forget about it," said the MP, adding that they, the Civil Contract, were a responsible government and ensure the service of Armenia's national interests.
"The normalization of relations with Turkey comes from the national interests of Armenia," Arsenyan added.
Moreover, he called on those in attendance to the NA hearings to "refrain from xenophobic expressions, as they only cause harm."