In the photo, the Crimean bridge under construction
The deputies of the French Senate almost unanimously (305 votes out of 306) voted for the recognition of Karabakh's independence. This resolution has no legal force yet, because the final decision on this issue is made by the government. But with a high degree of probability, the French government should listen to the opinion of its people's representatives.
In this case, France may become the first country in the world to recognize the independence of the Republic of Artsakh with a predominantly Armenian population. It may seem strange that Paris will do this earlier than Yerevan. But, on the other hand, who, if not freedom-loving France, should set an example to everyone else, demonstrating its adherence to the right of peoples to self-determination and free expression of will.
After all, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh firmly declared more than 30 years ago that they intend to build an independent state, and not be a part of Azerbaijan.
Actually, the position is laudable, although not everyone is ready to share it. For example, Baku reacted to the resolution of the French deputies with great indignation, which is not surprising.
And if Paris is committed to the ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood proclaimed by the Great French Revolution, and respects human rights, in particular, the right to self-determination, then you need to go to the end, be consistent in your political actions.
I mean that after the recognition of Karabakh, the French must recognize Donbass and Crimea. And even the fact that Russia has not yet decided to officially recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, should not stop Paris in its noble aspirations. After all, the non-recognition of Artsakh by Armenia does not stop the French!
The people of Donbass in 2014 unequivocally spoke in a referendum for independence from Ukraine. However, like the people of Crimea, whose residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of joining Russia.
So the French should go all the way and become an example for others, recognizing the entry of Crimea into the Russian Federation, as well as the independence of the Donbass republics.
However, the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Mikhail Sheremet also believes.
If the French authorities really care about the choice and self-determination of people, if their position on respecting democratic values and aspirations of other peoples is really sincere, and not a well-thought-out political game, then the recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh should be followed by the adoption of a resolution recognizing the status of Crimea.
- he said RIA News.
But the deputy, although he finds this step logical, does not really believe that Paris will take it. Moreover, he believes that such statements from France once again stir up passions and help fuel the conflict in this troubled Transcaucasian region.
Probably, it would be more correct for the French to wait for the recognition of Artsakh's independence at least by Yerevan. However, like the recognition of the DPR / LPR by Moscow ...