US, France stand aloof from Russian mediation in Karabakh peace – Armenian politician  

12:15 • 17.06.16



By refusing to join the St Petersburg talks over Nagorno-Karabakh, US and France very probably prefer to avoid associating themselves with the meeting’s outcomes, according to Arman Melikyan, a former foreign minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic.


Speaking to Tert.am, the politician said he believes that the two countries, which along with Russia act as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group,  are afraid of an undesirable and inadequate decision.


The meeting, initiated by Russia, is set to take place on Monday, June 20.  An OSCE representative had earlier told the Russian media that their mission has nothing to do with the presidential talks.


Melikyan said he doesn’t think Moscow would reject an offer to join a meeting initiated by the other co-chairs. “That signals the possibility of unpleasant decisions Paris and Washington prefer to remain dissociated from,” he noted.

Commenting on the Russian-Azerbaijani relations, the politician said he sees Russia’s real interest to reinstate its one-time political and economic clout in the country.


“Perhaps, certain circles in Moscow believe that ensuring Russia’s radical interests and security in the North Caucasus is possible only at the cost handing over Armenian territories to Azerbaijan. But in point of fact, it is just an illusion and a morbid desire to mix facts with dreams. That won’t give any advantage to Russia but will instead deliver a heavy blow to the vital interests of Armenia and Artsakh. To ensure its security in the long run, Russia has realizable potentials which, nevertheless, would require a resilient stance by the authorities.”


The politician futher stressed the need of a comprehensive and coordinated legal-political plan by the two Armenian republics to secure stronger positions in future talks.


“Instead of calls, statements and entreaties, we should take steps with a political, legal and moral content. Perhaps my statement may sound a little bit abstract, but I can say with a clear conscience that we can drastically change the situation even now to create a new atmosphere around the negotiating table. But it is up to the ruling authorities to decide whether to stick to their inglorious conduct threatening losses or to come to their senses at last to take action,” he added.





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