ArmInfo. . The key issue for Armenia today is the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this on November 21 in Yerevan at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
As reported by the press service of the RA government, in this regard, Pashinyan stated the need to make decisions on many issues. "And the most important thing is the humanitarian side of the issue, we must ensure the return of the Artsakh people to their homes, and of course, there is already a fairly good dynamic on this issue. In fact, Russian peacekeepers are in all places of retreat, they already provide security. This is a very important factor that ensures security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. But there are issues that have not been resolved, they remain open: how will we ensure the implementation of the right to return of residents of several regions in the future, who will ensure the safety of our compatriots, how will this be implemented? These, of course, are issues on our agenda. We must discuss and make decisions in this regard, "the Armenian prime minister said.
In turn, Lavrov stated that the delegation headed by him arrived in Yerevan following the agreements reached by the Armenian side with the top leadership of Russia and with the aim of discussing the entire spectrum of Armenian-Russian cooperation, allied and strategic relations.
"And, of course, issues related to the need to resolve the problems around Nagorno-Karabakh are at the fore. The statement of November 9 makes it possible to resolve these issues on the basis of the agreements reached in the document signed by the three leaders. First of all, this concerns the return of refugees and solving all humanitarian issues in the current situation.
We are committed to this, as you said. We are grateful for your appreciation of the role played by our peacekeepers, which is important not only in terms of ensuring security as a key component of their mandate, but also in terms of continued support for those returning and in need of humanitarian assistance.
And in addition to the peacekeeping role, the interdepartmental center, which is being created by order of President Putin, is already starting its work, and will also deal with all these issues specifically. As I have already presented to you, we actively involve international organizations of the UN system, we urge them to use their capabilities more actively and proactively to help the inhabitants of this region. We actively support the International Committee of the Red Cross, which works, including in Karabakh, "Lavrov said. At the same time, the Russian minister added that during the visit, the entire range of bilateral relations will be considered, including along the profile lines of Russian Deputy Prime Ministers, ministers of health and emergency situations. "You have already met with the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Director General of Russian Railways is also in Yerevan. I am convinced that as a result of these sectoral negotiations we will have a positive, comprehensive picture that will contribute to the development of our relations and which, we sincerely want this , will support your initiatives aimed at stabilizing the situation in Armenia and resolving issues related to Nagorno-Karabakh, " Lavrov said.
The interlocutors discussed a wide range of issues related to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the agenda of the Armenian-Russian cooperation.