ArmInfo. For two years now, the Armenian side has been trying to change the format of negotiations and states that Azerbaijan should negotiate with the "fictitious" leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh.
APA reports that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said this on July 6 in an interview with local television channels.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani leader expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group do not "properly" react to such actions of Armenia, just as they do not give a corresponding assessment to the statements of the Prime Minister of Armenia that Karabakh is Armenia, and in addition accused the mediators of attempt to "please both yours and ours." "But this time has already passed. We demand clarity. Who are these steps taken by? Armenia. We are committed to the format of negotiations, we take their essence as a basis. Of course, not all of us are satisfied with it. But we said that it suits us and that does not suit us "And what does Armenia do? Claiming" Karabakh is Armenia "completely erases the essence of the negotiations. Thoughts about the need to change the format of negotiations make them meaningless," the Azerbaijani leader assured, adding that Baku expects more serious, specific and targeted statements from mediators.
"You know, we are patient and trying to be constructive. But today the negotiation process is practically not going on. The videoconferences of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan do not matter. It just shows that the Minsk Group is acting. But how much can it be? Being active means I said that we won't conduct negotiations for the sake of imitation. We want to negotiate on the merits. Now they have come up with the expression <substantive negotiations>. They themselves have come up with this expression, its essence is clear - yes, without changing the format of negotiations in essence and not supplementing the subject of negotiations on the table. In this case, of course, we will participate in the negotiations. Otherwise, there will be no need for meaningless negotiations. That is what we expect from the Minsk Group and are firmly in our position. We proved our case as on international arenas and on the battlefield, and let no one forget about the April battles, " lured Aliyev.