Azerbaijanis in Russia slam Armenian idea of volunteers for Karabakh

12:26, 29 September 2020 58
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The Union of Azerbaijanis of Russia described the Union of Armenians' position as 'bordering on extremism.' Diasporas are controversial in absentia due to the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

President of the Union of Armenians Ara Abrahamyan earlier told the Podyom newspaper about the plans to send 20,000 Armenian volunteers from Russia to the unrecognized republic.

We are concerned about the position of the president of the Union of Armenians of Russia, Ara Abrahamyan, bordering on extremism, Elnur Huseynov, Vice-President of the Union of Azerbaijanis of Russia, told RBC.

He expressed concern that the Armenian diaspora headed by Abrahamyan 'resorts fo such provocations, attracts Russians, citizens of Russia.'

We have prepared an appeal to law enforcement agencies so that they would pay attention to his statements and actions, Huseynov said.

Co-chairman of the union of Armenians of Russia, David Tonoyan, told the newspaper that the organization was aware of the plans of the Azerbaijanis of Russia to submit an appeal. He specified that the Armenian diaspora in Russia would 'engage in consulting volunteers and help with the rules for leaving in the conditions of closed borders.'

The day before, the Azerbaijani community in Moscow sent a statement to Russia's FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, calling Abrahamyan's words an appeal that violates Russian legislation and falls under Article 208 of the Criminal Code (Organization of an illegal armed formation or participation in it). In this regard, the chairman of the community Shamil Tagiyev asks to check the statement of the president of the Union of Armenians for inciting ethnic hatred, extremism, organizing a private military company, and the appeals for the creation of armed detachments and mercenary activities.

Since the morning of September 27, intensive shelling has been going on in the region. Yerevan and Baku accuse each other of attacks and provocations.