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French Senate demands government impose sanctions against Azerbaijan

The upper house of the French Parliament demands that the country’s gov-ernment and international organizations impose sanctions against Azerbai-jan for the actions in Artsakh leading to the displacement of local residents from there. The authors of the resolution insist on seizing Azerbaijani lead-ers’ assets and imposing an embargo on oil and gas imports. 336 senators supported the document, while only one voted against it.

“States have an obligation to respect and protect this right. The internation-al community must demand that Azerbaijan make efforts to ensure the right of the Armenian population to return to Artsakh and receive guaranteed se-curity,” the resolution reads.

Those collaborating on the resolution also condemn the illegal arrest of Artsakh leaders, including former presidents of the republic Arayik Harutyunyan, Arkady Ghukasyan, and Bako Sahakyan, as well as its for-mer state minister and social entrepreneur Ruben Vardanyan. Additionally, the document reports that more than 100,000 of those forcibly displaced from Artsakh arrived in Armenia before October 7 due to Azerbaijan’s ag-gression.

Earlier, a resolution calling for sanctions against Baku was supported by a majority vote in the European Parliament. Its authors called for reducing Europe’s dependence on Azerbaijani gas.