Armenian MFA denies discussion of step-by-step settlement of Karabakh conflict

The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on Kommersant’s statement by the head of the Russian foreign ministry, Sergey Lavrov, made during the round table of the Kh. A.M. Gorchakova April 21. Speaking at this event online, Mr. Lavrov said: among other documents related to the Karabakh issue, “there are projects that a year ago, in April last year, in Moscow at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan with the participation of the co-chairs and are now being actively discussed. ” According to him, these documents presuppose a “phased approach” to the problem, that is, an approach that has always supported Baku, but rejected Yerevan.

In April last year, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan was indeed held in Moscow. But no new documents suggesting a phased approach to the settlement were reported after it. This “b” was confirmed in Yerevan. “The results of the meeting on April 15, 2019 were formulated in a joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan and the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which outlines the negotiations, and it does not contain links or even hints of a phased settlement,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.

“Proposals that imply a phased version of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement submitted before 2018 are unacceptable for Armenia,” the department explained. “Moreover, since 2018 Armenia has not been negotiating on the basis of a phased settlement.” Recall that in 2018, a “velvet revolution” took place in Armenia, as a result of which the current Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan came to power. However, his predecessor, President Serzh Sargsyan, also spoke about the unacceptability of a phased approach.

“Armenia has a clear vision of balanced approaches based on compromises and proportionality of obligations that can lead to a fair and sustainable settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry added.

For more information about criticism of the Armenian authorities, see Kommersant’s publication “Sergey Lavrov quarreled with Nikol Pashinyan and voters.”

Kirill Krivosheev

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