Kidnapping of ICRC-protected patient by Azerbaijan should be condemned – foreign ministry spox


YEREVAN, AUGUST 9, ARTSAKHPRESS. The abduction of a patient under the protection of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by Azerbaijan is unacceptable and should be condemned, Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Ani Badalyan said Tuesday.

Badalyan was referring to Vagif Khachatryan, a 68-year-old patient from Nagorno-Karabakh who was kidnapped on July 29 by Azeri border guards while being evacuated by the ICRC to Armenia.

“As we value ICRC humanitarian role in Nagorno Karabakh, we stress: its continuous obstruction by Azerbaijan & abduction of patient under its protection is unacceptable & should be condemned. Over 1760 persons are deprived of medical treatment, many 1000s lack medicine. #OpenLachinCorridor,” Badalyan wrote on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

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