Putin Sees Prerequisites for a Comprehensive Settlement in Karabakh
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says he sees “The necessary prerequisites for a long-term and comprehensive settlement of the long-standing Nagorno Karabakh conflict, on a fair basis and in the interests of both Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples.”
The trilateral talks between the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were initiated by Russian President Putin and held in the Kremlin on January 11. This was the first encounter of the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders after the 44-day-war in Nagorno Karabakh, which ended on November 9 with Armenia's defeat.
Russian "Ria Novosti" press agency reports that Pashinyan and Aliyev entered the meeting hall from different entrances. They did not shake hands, and only greeted each other verbally.
The Russian President thanked the leaders of the two countries for visiting Moscow and said that the agenda includes the implementation of the November 9 trilateral statement signed by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. Putin stressed the issues of providing assistance to those affected by military operations, as well as the unblocking and development of trade, economic and transport communications.
He reiterated that the document first of all refers to the complete cessation of hostilities, the sending of Russian peacekeepers to the region and, most importantly, providing the affected civilian population with all possible assistance so that they can return to normal life.
Putin noted that Russia's actions in Karabakh are in line with the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created following the First Karabakh War with the mission to establish a peaceful lasting solution to the Karabakh conflict. The group is chaired by Russia, the U.S. and France.
“Russia has sought to follow the key groundwork achieved by the OSCE Minsk Group. We continue to regularly coordinate our actions with the Minsk Group Co-chairing partners,” Putin said.
“Today, we can state with satisfaction that the trilateral agreement is being implemented. In our opinion, this creates the necessary prerequisites for a long-term and comprehensive settlement of the long-standing conflict,” he said.
Returning to the upcoming negotiations, Putin said, "I am referring to issues related to the activities of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, the clarification of demarcation lines, the solution of humanitarian problems, and the protection of cultural heritage sites.”
“The task of unblocking economic, trade and transportation communications in the region and opening borders deserves special attention. A special trilateral working group chaired by the Deputy Prime Ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia is expected to work on these issues,” he said.
Per the November 9 trilateral statement, Russian peacekeepers have been deployed to Karabakh to monitor compliance with the ceasefire and ensure the safety of the Armenian population in the region.
Խորհրդարանական մեծամասնություն «Իմ քայլը» խմբակցությունը քննարկում է Սահմանադրության փոփոխություններ տարբերակ, որը հնարավորություն կտա խորհրդարանին ինքնալուծարվել։ Նպատակն է գործող Սահմանադրությամբ արտահերթ ընտրություններ անցկացնելու երկու տարբերակներին ավելացնել ևս մեկը։
The current Armenian moment, post the defeat of the Artsakh war, is the time to examine all of our ideas and approaches to issues. The place to start uniting all Armenians at home and in the diaspora and across the political divide is a New Patriotism.
What passes for Armenian patriotism has in many ways remained unchanged from its early 20th century variant, which was an Armenian patriotism tied to seeking justice for the Genocide of the Armenian people and the geography of lands lost that came along with that. While it is not necessary to do away with the patriotism of the past 100 years it is time to upgrade it and make it useful to our current times.