Russia Ready to Serve ‘Only as Guarantor’ in MKR Resolution

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti)–Russia is ready to mediate the Karabagh conflict settlement process and serve only as a guarantor–Russian President Vladimir Putin told a news conference in Moscow on Thursday.

"We have formulated our approach; we are ready to act as an intermediary and a guarantor of the agreemen’s possible between the parties to the conflict–Armenia and Azerbaijan," the president told a news conference.

"We do not want to become a long-term unfavorable partner for [either] one of the parties. We are unwilling to assume responsibility for that," he said–stressing that the two sides have to reach agreement on their own.

Pointing to Russia’s presence in the Caucasus for centuries–he said "We have our own interests in the South Caucasus. These interests should be assured but–of course–they also have to go with the interests of other nations–including Georgia–Armenia–and Azerbaijan."

According to the president–Russia has been pursuing proactive policies in the region.

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