Caucasus (bbabo.net), - Moscow hopes that Yerevan will understand the fact that it is the implementation of trilateral agreements between the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan that is the most reliable path to Armenian-Azerbaijani normalization. This was stated today, February 8, by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mikhail Galuzin in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
Moscow’s goal in the process of normalizing Armenian-Azerbaijani relations is to assist Yerevan and Baku in entering a sustainable path of reconciliation and peaceful interaction, the Russian diplomat noted.
According to Galuzin, efforts to involve extra-regional players in this process, primarily the United States and the European Union, will not lead to success. The activities of Western players are not aimed at promoting normalization, but at squeezing Russia out of this process, destroying the existing balance of power in the South Caucasus and, thus, creating another source of instability in the neighborhood of the Russian Federation.
Russia offers Baku and Yerevan advisory services within the framework of delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, since Moscow has the appropriate topographical materials, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation recalled.
“As for the peace process, the signing of a peace treaty, Russia actively continues to help in discussing the entire range of issues. We are always ready to provide our platform for Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations on a peace treaty,” he emphasized.
At the same time, Galuzin called the role of Russia and Vladimir Putin personally in the process of normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations uncontested and unique.
Armenia seeks to ensure a certain consistency of negotiations with Azerbaijan, and, taking into account previous developments achieved on Western platforms, it is preferable for Yerevan to continue them in the same formats. This was announced to journalists on December 13 last year by a deputy from the faction of the ruling Civil Contract party (the leader of this political association is Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan), head of the parliamentary commission on external relations, Sargis Khandanyan. A representative of the ruling party answered a question from reporters about how Yerevan views Moscow’s proposals to organize negotiations with Baku in the Russian capital. The day before, this proposal was repeated by Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Galuzin.
Since October last year, the Azerbaijani leadership has virtually withdrawn from negotiations with the Armenian side on Western platforms, refusing bilateral and multilateral meetings, in particular in Brussels and Washington.