ArmInfo. Official Yerevan responded to the statement by the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov that the proposals put forward by Russia in 2016 were discussed at the Moscow meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, with the participation of the Russian foreign minister.
Armenian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan reminded that the agenda of the meeting was published in a joint statement by the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, as well as by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group immediately after the meeting. "Joint statements are made precisely with the aim of summarizing all the agreed language of the meeting. Conflicting statements made out of agreed language do not contribute to strengthening mutual trust, especially if they are fictitious and do not correspond to reality. -or program. Currently, negotiations are not conducted around any program. Moreover, the substantive part of the negotiations takes place in the plane of familiarization with each other's positions, their clarification and concretization, "the official representative of the Armenian Foreign Ministry emphasized.
She also did not confirm or deny the information that the next meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan can take place in Washington, as Mammadyarov said today. Naghdalyan reminded that the date and place of the meeting are announced in a consistent manner by both parties at the same time. "Indeed, the possibility of holding the next meeting in one of the OSCE MG co-chairing countries is being considered, taking into account the geography of previous such meetings. But since this question is still at the stage of discussion, it is necessary to refrain from the practice of unilateral statements. Moreover, the absentee announcement of the venue of a meeting in one of the OSCE MG countries is a disrespectful attitude towards the participants of the process and, above all, towards this mediator.
It is noteworthy that yesterday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not refute Mammadyarov's statement that the Moscow meeting discussed proposals put forward in 2016. Meanwhile, recently the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said that he starts the Karabakh talks from zero point, and not from the place he inherited from the third President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan.