The European Union held discussions on potential ‘response measures’ to address the ‘unacceptable actions’ taken by Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh). This was stated in a conversation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev by the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, as revealed by a senior European source in Brussels.
According to RIA Novosti reports, the telephone discussion between Michel and Aliyev transpired the day before, although specific details of the conversation were not released by the European Council's press service.
The source explained that President Michel had expressed profound disappointment with the current situation, which has generated a negative international response, including within the EU. Deliberations on various response options occurred on the morning of September 20 due to the unacceptable methods employed by Baku.
According to the source, President Michel emphasized the significance of international involvement in safeguarding the security of ethnic Armenians residing in Karabakh.
'President Michel also underscored the urgency of addressing the humanitarian aspect of the situation. Azerbaijan must guarantee the well-being and future of ethnic Armenians living within its borders. The international community's role is essential for ensuring security,' the European source noted.
Furthermore, President Michel called upon Aliyev to take a personal role in confirming 'full respect for citizens and adherence to international law.'