Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that despite the difficulties, he feels that Azerbaijan and Armenia are moving towards a solution to the decades-old conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Earlier, during a meeting broadcast on public television, leaders Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev argued in the presence of Putin.
“In my opinion, in general, despite the difficulties and problems, and there are enough of them, the situation is heading towards a solution,” he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin During a televised meeting in Moscow.
An argument between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the presence of Putin
Former Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan And the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev They argued for several minutes in Putin’s presence. At the time when the Russian leader thanked the meeting participants, the Prime Minister of Armenia suddenly spoke. “Excuse me, Vladimir Vladimirovich, I have to say something. In his speech, he said, the Azerbaijani president used words to express territorial claims against Armenia.
– I would like to say that this was done during the implementation of Article 9 of the Tripartite Declaration of November 9, 2020 – Pashinyan noted that Aliyev, listening to the claims of the Armenian Prime Minister, smiled visibly.
“I would like to say that only one corridor was mentioned in this statement, which should be under the control of the Russian peacekeepers, but unfortunately it was illegally blocked by Azerbaijan,” Pashinyan continued.
Aliyev objected, saying, “Azerbaijan has not closed any corridors.” – This crossing is 20 meters away from the location of the Russian peacekeeping units. He emphasized that as of today, Azerbaijanis of Armenian descent living in Karabakh freely cross this point.
Vladimir Putin has been listening to Pashinyan and Aliyev’s dispute all the time. At some point, the Russian president stated that “to talk about everything calmly, they will have the opportunity in a threesome.”
Armenia recognized Nagorno-Karabakh as Azerbaijani territory
The Azerbaijani president stated that his country does not have any territorial claims against Armenia. He added that “given Armenia’s recognition of Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan,” the two countries have a chance to reach a peace agreement. The Prime Minister of Armenia, in turn, announced the agreement to recognize the territorial integrity of the two countries.
Earlier, at a press conference in Yerevan, Pashinyan, citing Russian state media, said that his country recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, which includes Nagorno-Karabakh, but on the condition that the security of the Armenian population is guaranteed.
But Aliyev said signing a peace treaty with Armenia was “inevitable” and added that Baku was making “constructive efforts” to achieve this goal.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in dispute for decades over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway Armenian region that is de jure part of Azerbaijan. The bloodiest clashes between Armenians and Azeris took place over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988-1994.
The region became, in effect, an Armenian-ruled quasi-state with the support of Armenia. The last stage of this conflict was in 2020, when Azerbaijan regained control over part of these lands.
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