During the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the resolution “On the need to review the relations between the EU and Baku and impose sanctions related to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh” was adopted. 491 deputies supported the document, 9 were against it. Another 36 MPs abstained.
The statement emphasizes that Baku’s attack on Artsakh was “groundless and pre-planned”. According to parliamentarians, what happened is a gross violation of international law and human rights. They called the mass departure of Armenians from Artsakh ethnic cleansing. “The European Parliament calls for a complete review of EU relations with Azerbaijan, taking into account the recent events and the deterioration of the human rights situation in that country,” the resolution states. The members of the Parliament demand from the European Commission to urgently review the strategic partnership with Baku in the field of energy, in order to violate international obligations by Baku. In particular, the European MPs suggest, in the event of military aggression or hybrid attacks against Armenia, to reduce dependence on the import of Azerbaijani gas and oil and to completely abandon these supplies.
The members of the European Parliament also call to stop the negotiations on the partnership agreement with the EU until “Baku shows that it is really ready to respect the rights and security issues of the Armenian population of Artsakh.” In the resolution, the European MPs also advocated for abandoning the simplification of the visa regime and lowering the level of cooperation in some areas, in the light of the unacceptable comments and threats made by the Azerbaijani authorities to the CE MPs.
In addition to the above-mentioned measures, the parliamentarians call on the EU and member states to impose individual sanctions on members of the Baku government responsible for numerous violations of the ceasefire regime and human rights in Artsakh. At the same time, they call for immediate necessary assistance to be offered to Armenia in order to overcome the influx of forcibly displaced persons from Artsakh and the resulting humanitarian crisis.
Video: The situation in Artsakh after the Baku attack and the ongoing threats against Armenia (debate)