ArmInfo. Russian proposals for concluding a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan are completely logical and satisfy both sides almost one hundred percent, something that has been openly declared. Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergey Kopyrkin stated.
"Of course, these proposals are not subject to wide discussion, in the end, they are for these parties. Both the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides decide what is acceptable for them and what is not, what compromises to reach based on national interests. The role of Russia here is to help in every possible way on the one hand, and on the other hand, this is Russia's unique role as a stabilizing factor," the Russian Ambassador to Armenia said in an interview with Kentron TV channel.
According to him, the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh, the servicemen on the border and the 102nd Russian military base, these are all factors that play a key role in preventing a large- scale escalation and disruption of all elements of security and normal life in the region, no matter how much one disagrees with it.
"I think that any open-minded person will recognize this fact. You will make sure of it when you communicate with the population of crisis regions. This also applies to our peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh," Kopirkin said.
The Ambassador called it very important that in the last trilateral statement of the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan dated October 31 this year, made in Sochi, the positive role of the Russian peacekeeping contingent was emphasized. "This is a recognition that Russia is making a real practical contribution to those processes of normalization, to maintaining stability and security in the region," the diplomat added.
At the same time, he stressed that Russia is determined to continue advancing the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Kopyrkin recalled that Igor Khovaev, special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry for the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, is dealing with this issue. According to the ambassador, Khovaev is a fairly frequent guest both in Yerevan and Baku and plays a very important role in developing proposals between the parties.
"A very important role belongs to our servicemen: the border guards and the peacekeeping contingent that operates on the ground. But this work is not noisy, not for the public, not to please someone, but this is a very responsible, practical work to assist in real normalization on all spectrums of the agenda," Kopyrkin said, adding that this is a multifaceted, persistent work between the parties to achieve a peace agreement.
"The main thing for us here is the solution of all those acute, long-standing problems by peaceful, political means on a fair basis. There can be no lasting peace if one of the parties considers the terms of the settlement to be unfair. This is an important element of our approach," the diplomat concluded.
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