ArmInfo.Russia's strategic goal is to promote the process of turning the South Caucasus into a zone of stability and prosperity. Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova stated this on May 25 during a weekly briefing, when asked to assess the fact that the European Union is trying to take Russia's mediation initiative to resolve the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict and normalize Armenian-Azerbaijani relations.
According to her, one of the key tasks on this path is the comprehensive normalization of relations between Baku and Yerevan, the establishment of a lasting peace. "The basis of efforts in this area is the well-known trilateral agreements between the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, which are being consistently implemented. Russia provides comprehensive assistance to partners from Baku and Yerevan on all tracks, including unblocking transport links, delimitation of the border, establishing a public dialogue and developing a peace treaty, " she said.
At the same time, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow sees "persistent attempts by the EU to intervene in the process of implementing tripartite agreements at the highest level."
"We expect that Brussels will help implement them - well, if they so desire, and not try to play geopolitical games. We don't want this anymore," she summed up.
On May 22, Brussels hosted a trilateral meeting with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and European Council President Charles Michel. Following the talks, Michel said that the first meeting of the border commissions will be held in the near future, during which issues related to the delimitation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan will be considered.
In a statement by the head of the European Council following a meeting with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan on June 22, on the issue of transport communications, it is noted that the leaders agreed on the need to start unblocking transport communications. "They agreed on the principles governing transit between western Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan and between different parts of Armenia through Azerbaijan, as well as international transportation through the communication infrastructure of both countries. In particular, they agreed on the principles of border management, security, land fees, as well as customs rules in the context of international transportation. In the coming days, the vice-premiers will continue this work," Michel said.
At the same time, Charles Michel's statement does not say anything about the status and future of Nagorno Karabakh. Moreover, in his statement, the head of the European Council, instead of the generally recognized term Nagorno-Karabakh, used the Azerbaijani term "Karabakh" and the wording "Armenian ethnic population of Karabakh." In addition, his statement does not mention any trilateral agreements at the level of the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, or other generally accepted principles of settlement.