Russia buoys up Armenia stand ahead of first Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting - 2007

‘Talks’ before Talks: Russia buoys up Armenia stand ahead of first Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting

Russia reaffirmed late last week that it wants to see a resumed Karabakh peace process based on direct negotiations between the parties and proceeding within a Minsk Group-supported format. “There is no military solution to the Karabakh problem,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandyan in Moscow late last week. “It is possible to reach agreement only in direct negotiations between the parties with the support of the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen.” “It is important to make the region stable and secure,” Nalbandyan said for his part. “Armenia is ready to continue negotiations with Azerbaijan on the basis of proposals of the Minsk Group cochairmen.” Another meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan is expected to be held on the sidelines of an international economic forum in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, at the end of this week.

While the presidents of the two states have met more than 20 times since 1998, the upcoming meeting tentatively scheduled for June 6 will be the first one between Serzh Sargsyan, who was sworn in as Armenia’s new president less than two months ago, and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev. “We wait for Azerbaijani proposals, which may help resolve the Karabakh conflict,” Nalbandyan reportedly said, voicing optimism ahead of the planned meeting of the two countries’ leaders. “Proposals of Russia, the United States and France [the countries co-chairing the Minsk Group] must not be ignored.” Few analysts, however, expect the meeting to produce any fundamentally new results. In particular, Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan recently said in Yerevan that he did not consider the upcoming meeting to be “a great achievement”.

And Baku’s fundamental position of seeking “to restore control over the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh” was recently reaffirmed by Azerbaijan’s deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov. He said that Azerbaijan’s compromise might be “providing the communities that will live in Nagorno-Karabakh with a self-governing status.” Meanwhile, representatives of third countries and structures have shown far greater activity on the threshold of the Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting. Thus, Council of Europe Secretary-General Terry Davis reiterated that when acceding to the Council of Europe both Armenia and Azerbaijan pledged to resolve the conflict peacefully. “I feel very alarmed when I hear that peaceful means of settlement have been exhausted,” Davis said, adding that the obligations to the CE will be broken if hostilities resume.


Mubariz Ahmedoghlu: "Armenia is Russia's break lever in the development of Azerbaijan and Georgia"

Russia controls the South Caucasus region by means of Armenia, said chief of the center for political innovations and technologies Mubariz Ahmedoghlu at a press conference today.

He noted that such comments are made by heads of leading mass medias of Russia and there can be nothing more humiliating for any state, in this case for Armenia. "It means that Armenia is a break lever for Russia in the development of the South Caucasus region-Azerbaijan and Georgia. If Russia's relations with Georgia are worsening, the relations between Armenia and Georgia are becoming tense as well", said Ahmedoghlu. According to the political scientist, Azerbaijan should be more attentive about the events, ongoing between Georgia and Russia as the latter has already initiated execution of plans of annexation of Georgian territories-Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Russia does not intend to recognize independence of separatist republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Official Moscow has already started implementation of a plan for annexation of these lands to Russia. How else can we explain the deployment of Russia railway troops in Abkhazia. This is made in the framework of the preparations for Olympic games in Sochi, Russia will hold. In other words, Russia perceives Abkhazia as its territory and uses these territory as it wills", said Ahmedoghlu.


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