ArmInfo."Armenia will continue to take all measures to implement the agreements reached in the trilateral statements of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021," Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said on May 6 during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The relationship between Armenia and the Russian Federation, as Pashinyan noted, is of an allied nature. "I am glad to state that in recent months our relations have strengthened even more, having once again passed the test of strength. In a difficult moment, the Russian Federation extended a helping hand to us - it helped us solve the problems caused by the pandemic and aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh," he said. According to Pashinyan, thanks to the efforts of the Russian Federation, it was possible to achieve a significant de-escalation of the situation in our region. "Today the presence of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh is a solid guarantee of the security of Nagorno-Karabakh. I would especially like to note the role of President Putin in achieving peace in the region, as well as his efforts aimed at creating conditions for the normal life of Nagorno-Karabakh," said Pashinyan.
In his words, the Armenian side is ready to make every effort to ensure a constructive dialogue between the parties in a trilateral format. According to Pashinyan, the actions of Baku, "which manipulates the issue of extradition of prisoners of war, arranges an anti-Armenian bacchanalia and presents territorial claims to Armenia," are aimed at escalating the situation in the region and disrupting the agreements.
At the same time, he noted with satisfaction the position of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, adding that their latest statement is, in fact, a reaction to the destructive position of Azerbaijan. "The opinion of the co- chairs, expressed in the statement of April 13, is consonant with our position on the current main problems. In this regard, I want to emphasize our position on the need to resume the peace process in order to achieve a final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of principles, proposed by the co-chairs, "he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, said that Moscow highly appreciates the achievement of agreements on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. "We are grateful to you for stressing the role of Russia and President Putin personally in the efforts that made it possible to stop the hostilities and agree on a stable framework for further actions of all parties."
As the diplomat noted, Russia most actively supports the activities of the trilateral working group at the level of deputy prime ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are involved, perhaps in the most important, at this stage, issues of unblocking economic and transport communications, which will make it possible in practice to end the blockade of Armenia and to ensure mutually beneficial interaction of all countries of the region for the benefit of all.