ArmInfo.Russia is trying to organize a meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev, by the end of this year. Moscow became the main mediator in this matter, as attempts by the other co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group on Karabakh (USA and France) to seize the representatives of Baku and Yerevan failed at the negotiating table. This was reported to Izvestia by a high-ranking source at the Russian Foreign Ministry.
According to the source, familiar with the course of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, Moscow deals with organization of a meeting between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan. "This is the only thing we are participating in. The French tried to get Yerevan and Baku to sit at the negotiating table, but it did not bring any benefit, while maintaining the dialogue is of fundamental importance, which is why a full-scale war did not break out in the region, still different, "the interlocutor in the foreign affairs department of Russia said.
The head of Duma committee on CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov believes that the summit is now more urgent than ever. "It's not just necessary, it's very necessary, and we do not have to run around in different formats and sites, consult with countries that are 10,000 km from the region." The neighbors need to agree, and in this sense, we need to strengthen coordination with Moscow. Which is why I welcome such meeting, but this will give a positive impetus, I advocate the speedy conduct of negotiations between the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, first of all, these countries, " Russian parliamentarian Izvestia told. On July 11, Russian MFA leader Sergey Lavrov held meetings with his Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues Elmar Mammedyarow and Edward Nalbandian. The consultations took place in Austrian Mauerbach on the margins of informal meeting of the foreign ministers of OSCE countries.
Meanwhile, Armenian Foreign Ministry highly appreciated Russia's mediation efforts and noted the importance of the negotiation process. <Izvestia> official representative of the diplomatic mission Tigran Balayan said. "Armenia has never refused to negotiate and meet, since negotiations are the only way to settle, it is worth mentioning that it was thanks to Russia's efforts that the painstaking work of Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov 23 years ago managed to achieve the establishment of a ceasefire regime. The co- chairs, with Russia's most active participation, initiated hundreds of meetings at the level of heads of state, foreign ministers, "Tigran Balayan said.
In Azerbaijan, too, they do not see insurmountable obstacles for organizing a meeting of the two leaders. A member of the committee on international relations and inter-parliamentary relations of the country's parliament, Nazim Asim Mollazade, told Izvestia that negotiations would be held if their agenda was clearly formulated. "If there is something to discuss, the meeting of the presidents will take place, but I would not expect any great results from it." Negotiations on the status quo, withdrawal of troops from the territory of Karabakh, the conversation will be pointless. Russia to the negotiation process, "the Azerbaijani parliamentarian said.