At the plenary session of the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg on Thursday, a legally non-binding resolution was adopted calling on the European Union to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan due to the events in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as to review the cooperation strategy and reduce dependence on imports of Azerbaijani gas .
The resolution was supported by 491 deputies, nine expressed the opposite opinion, and 36 abstained. It is important to note that European Parliament resolutions relating to foreign policy are not legally binding, but other European institutions are obliged to take into account the opinions of MEPs.
The document calls on the EU and its members to introduce restrictive measures against members of the Azerbaijani government who are responsible for ceasefire and human rights violations in Nagorno-Karabakh.
MPs also call on the EU foreign policy chief to suspend negotiations on updating the partnership agreement with Azerbaijan until Azerbaijan shows a genuine willingness to respect the rights and security of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. Otherwise, the EP proposes to consider the possibility of suspending the agreement on visa facilitation and reducing the level of cooperation in other areas.
The European Parliament also expressed the need to reduce the EU’s dependence on gas supplies from Azerbaijan and, in the event of worsening tensions between Baku and Yerevan, to completely stop importing oil and gas from Azerbaijan. In addition, the deputies emphasized the need to provide international guarantees for the safety of Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as restore full humanitarian access to the region and increase humanitarian assistance. The EP also expressed disappointment in the organization of the work of the first UN mission to visit Karabakh and called for the establishment of an international presence in Nagorno-Karabakh under the auspices of the UN.
How wrote Public News Service, The United States of America, given the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, should temporarily suspend military assistance to Azerbaijan.
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