EU, Russia Optimistic After Pashinyan, Aliyev Meeting

Pashimyan and Aliyev met in an expanded format that, in addition to the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs  included the participation of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov, as well as Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office
Pashimyan and Aliyev met in an expanded format that, in addition to the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs  included the participation of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov, as well as Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Pashimyan and Aliyev met in an expanded format that, in addition to the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs included the participation of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov, as well as Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Encouraged by the reported “positive” results of last week’s meeting between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan on the Karabakh conflict resolution process, the European Union and Russia voiced optimism and pledged to support efforts to resolve the conflict.

Federica Mogherinim the EU’s High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said the results of the meeting inspired hope for a lasting resolution to the conflict.

“The recent meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Vienna was positive. In line with the Paris agreement in January, the high-level contacts and significant reduction in ceasefire violations, it gives us certain hope that the process will move forward, and the two countries will fulfill their commitments and will hold negotiations without preconditions,” Mogherini said at a press conference in Brussels after a session of the EU-Azerbaijan Association Council.

The European Union fully supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in the resolution process of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, told reporters Wednesday.

“The mediation mission over the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is being carried out by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, and they completely guide this process. As for the European Union, we fully support the efforts of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” he added.

Following the March 29 Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting in Vienna, both leaders announced that they deemed the meeting a “success” and directed their foreign ministers to continue talks for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict.

Also on Wednesday, Moscow pledged to provide the necessary support to Baku and Yerevan to implement the results of the recent Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting, said Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, according to TASS.

“Supporting the sides in the Karabakh conflict resolution process is one of the key foreign policy priorities for Russia. This fact attaches specific importance to the ongoing mediation activities, determines great attention to its results,” said Zakharova.

“The negotiation process for the resolution of the Karabakh conflict continues. The sides have shown intent to continue the work aimed at reaching the peaceful settlement,” added Zakharova.

“We welcome the prevailing constructive approach in the negotiations. We will provide necessary support to the sides in order to implement the ideas over which a consensus was reached in the capital of Austria,” explained Zakharova. “However, as it has been repeatedly stated by the presidents of the co-chair countries, the responsibility to put an end to the conflict lies on the sides to the conflict. The most important aspect is to demonstrate political will.”

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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Armenian will never surrender the land and the Azeris will never surrender the claim over the land. So what could be the compromise? It obviously can’t be peace for land. Nor can it be the continuation of the status quo. It must be something much greater than we’re led to believe. For nearly thirty years it’s been a winner vanquish approach from both sides. One possible theory is the recent Russian advances in the middle east. As Russia tries to consolidate power in the region it has elected to cozy up with Turkey and its allies. The sale of the S-400 and the building of a nuclear power plant in Mersin have turned the page between the two adversaries. As more closer ties are forged, Russia will no doubt start to cater to Turkey’s desires, and on top of that desire list is to solve the Artsakh conflict in the Azeris favor. Armenia could be coerced into accepting conditions that are detrimental to its interests. Just like the forced participation in the so-called Syrian humanitarian operation, Armenia could once again be strong-armed into succumbing to Russian dictates. Armenia’s usefulness is few and far between. It’s purpose can be spent in a single decision.

    • Raffi said:

      The history is repeating itself, it’s the sad story of the Armenian people.

  2. GB said:

    Moscow helped Axerbaijan in 1994 before creating a political ceasefire, for their own advantage just like 2016 ceasefire. Today Israel stealing money out of drunken Yelstin mistakes, put clever Putin in a loophole and spreading fake “Khojali genocide” in order to neutralize the reality of Armenian Genocide and suck free oil, for their own thirsty war machinery from a fake friendly dictator, whose presidency is in number, before a bloody coup d’état !

  3. JOE said:

    Question… Did Russia not know of the April war? Of course they did. Not only did they not warn “their best ally in the region” but probably gave their blessing as well…Trust no one.. Only ourselves and our Army. Unity. That’s the very lesson of the Armenian Genocide itself.

    • Raffi said:

      Don’t be naive, what else can they do, Armenians trust only when they have no other choice but they act as if they trust everybody.

    • Ararat said:

      There is no doubt in my mind the Russians knew about it in advance. I think the Russian plan was to make Armenians look vulnerable so they could move in and act as the savior of the conflict by taking control over Artsakh from the Armenians using their so-called peace keeping forces and be in a position to make concessions, independent of what Armenians want, to artificial Azerbaijan in return for permanently bringing Azerbaijan into their sphere of influence much like in the times of Soviet era. A strong Armenia is a liability for Russia because they fear they could lose Armenia as they lost artificial Azerbaijan and Georgia. This of course could put an end to Russia’s superpower status in the entire Caucasus, as well in the entire region by extension, once and for all and this terrifies them. This is one of them main reasons why they are not fully committed to us as an ally. They are in Armenia for Russia’s interests not for the interest of the Armenians.

      This scenario is not much different from the early Soviet times when they made secret deals with Kemalist rebel Turks at a time when Turkey was defeated at the end of WWI and was at the mercy of the Allied Powers by arming and financing them to throw out Russia’s rival superpowers, such as the British, from their backyards in return for dividing Armenia between Soviet Union and Kemalist Turkey. They provided the help the Turks needed to retake Western Armenian provinces, Wilsonian Armenia, and to invade what was left of Armenia in the east and they, the Soviets, cunningly acted as the “saviors” of the Armenians by absorbing eastern Armenia into the Soviet Union and giving away Artsakh and Nakh-Ijevan to newly invented artificial Azerbaijan-SSR artificially created for the former homeless Caucasian Muslim Tatars later renamed to Azerbaijan in 1936.

  4. GS said:

    For many many times Pashinyan said, Artsakh will be part of the negotiation. When?

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