Putin Introduces Pashinyan to Aliyev

Azerbaijan;s President Ilham Aliyev (left) and Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan
Azerbaijan;s President Ilham Aliyev (left) and Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Azerbaijan;s President Ilham Aliyev (left) and Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev during a reception that followed the opening match of the FIFA World Cup, Pashinyan said in a Facebook Live broadcast. He said no further conversation with Aliyev followed.

It is still early to speak about a trilateral meeting between the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, said Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov commented on Putin’s introduction of Pashinyan and Aliyev saying, “this was the first meeting, it is too early to speak about some continuation,” according to TASS.

Pashinyan hailed the results of his meeting with Putin and noted that there is no political obstacle to the further development of relations with Russia.

“We have good, direct relations [with Russia]. And these relations were established from the very first moment,” Pashinyan said in an interview with Russia Today.

Pashinyan noted that the relations lack “dark corners,” which, he said, is very important.

“We discuss everything directly. We put all questions and answer in straight forward way,” the Prime Minister said.

“Russia and Armenia are sovereign states. I think that in many respects the interests of our countries correspond to each other, but there may be some nuances, where they may not coincide. The most important is the atmosphere in which we will be discussing these issues. I think we can reach agreements,” added Pashinyan.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Pashinyan is giving away too much to Putin. He should put some nonnegotiable condition in exchange for the friendship. Giving carte blanche to a thug never goes well over the long term. It also makes Armenia look weak and vulnerable. Some may argue that Armenia has no choice but that is absolutely and definitely a self defeating attitude. Bullies like Putin only appreciate forceful equals. Otherwise, nothing would have change with this revolution. One oligarch in exchange for another with patron saint Putin still calling the shots from the top.

  2. Ari said:

    Russia MIST cancel all treaties made with the Azeri and Turkish governments at the expense of the Armenians, starting from treaties made in 1920s. Russians’s best ally is Armenia, as proven during the past three centuries.