Russia Responds to Armenia Statement

MOSCOW (Armenpress)–"Political threats–to which unfortunately Armenia’s Foreign Minister resorted–would not bring together the positions of the sides to the Karabakh conflict," told the head of the information department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Rakhmanin to Itar-Tass news agency.

Rakhmanin was addressing a recent statement by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian who told a press conference Wednesday that if the deadlock in peace talks–caused by Azerbaijan–continued–Armenia would have to resort to new measures–one of which could be reuniting Karabakh with Armenia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that such announcemen’s are incomprehensible for Russia and–most likely–other international entities.

Rakhmanin–however–welcomed Armenia’s willingness to restart peace talks for the resolution of the more than 10-year-old conflict.

"Russia is not only interested in the immediate resumption of Karabakh peace talks–but also with an end to the military conflict and peace and stability in the Caucasus region," said Rakhmanin.

"We do not foresee any difficulties in the resumption of talks within the framework of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] Minsk Group. Such talks–as a matter of fact–envision direct talks between Stepanakert and Baku–especially in discussions regarding the status of Nagorno-Karabakh," added Rakhmanin.

The Russian spokesperson also stated that the posturing of the sides–unfortunately–was too varied.

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