Russia not willing to arrange Armenian-Azerbaijani presidential talks – analyst  

14:20 • 26.07.17



Russia is not willing to arrange a new meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents to discuss future peace efforts over Nagorno-Karabakh, says Sergey Shakaryants, a Yerevan-based political analyst.


At a news conference on Wednesday, Shakaryants cited the OSCE Minsk Group's statement issued after the recent ministerial talks, highlighting the US, Russian and French co-chairs' intention to arrange the presidential-level talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.  


“I believe that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, including Russia, wish the conflicting sides to agree themselves on future meetings - instead of relying on them,” he noted.


If Russia were willing to initiate a new round of talks on a higher level, such a plan would have been announced at least on their foreign minister's level, Shakaryants added.

Commenting on France’s earlier statement promising to bring Armenia and Azerbaijan around a negotiating table, Shakaryants said he is somewhat skeptical about the country’s real intentions. In his words, France isn’t an independent party spearheading the peace process.


“What I priroritize is the United States and Russia’s position, and any statement by Iran regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the analyst said.

Hripsime Hovhannsyan





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