ArmInfo.Negotiations around a peace treaty with Azerbaijan are permanent. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan stated this on February 8 in Yerevan at a joint press conference with Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic-Radman.
Confirming what was said yesteraday in Berlin, Mirzoyan once again stressed that the parties are gradually exchanging proposals, comments, etc. According to him, in parallel with this process, meetings of the heads of the foreign ministries of the two countries are taking place, where these proposals are discussed. "Indeed, we really didn't find it to be possible to take part in the next meeting at the level of foreign ministers scheduled for December 23 in Moscow, because of the illegal blockade of the Lachin (Berdzor) corridor. But, as I already noted, without even participating in this meeting, we sent our proposals to Baku remotely. And ten days ago we received Azerbaijan's proposals. We are basically in the phase of discussion. This shows that by and large the negotiations process has not stopped, comments and proposals continued being exchanged, and now we will present our new comments based on the comments of the Azerbaijani side," he said.
The Armenian Foreign Minister noted that after studying proposals, Yerevan will make its own comments, based on the comments of the Azerbaijani side. At the same time, he did not open the brackets of the content of these proposals of the Azerbaijani side, noting that they relate to the peace process. "On some issues, it has become possible to converge approaches, but I think that from a political point of view, it would not be right to make them public, since everything can change at any moment. Armenia has a principled position on a number of issues, which was previously voiced," the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia said.
At the same time, he stressed that Yerevan did not cancel the Moscow meeting, but postponed it. Mirzoyan assured that at a convenient moment, Armenia will restart this postponed meeting. "The meeting can take place in Moscow or elsewhere. If you've followed the trajectory you've seen that we've had such meetings in various capitals and various cities. I'd like to say that it would be fair to note that the selection of the host city for the meeting is certainly important, but at the same time, by and large, it doesn't have an extremely significant impact on the process. And in this regard we are ready to hold the next meeting in Moscow," the Armenian Foreign Minister said. Touching upon the issue of the existence of a crisis in relations between Yerevan and Moscow, Mirzoyan assured that allied relations with Russia cover a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda. According to him, there are many cooperation agreements, there are disagreements, including in the public arena, including those related to the role of the CSTO and political assessments, or rather, their absence. " As for the crisis in relations, I think it would be an exaggeration. We are in constant contact with our Russian partners, discussing all possible issues on the current agenda, including disagreements," Mirzoyan summed up.