No Proposal for Turkish Role in Karabakh Talks, Says Russia

MOSCOW (ArmRadio)–The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday denied media reports of a request from Azerbaijan to give Turkey a co-chair position in the OSCE Minsk Group mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, reported RIA Novosti.

“As an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair, Russia didn’t receive any such proposal. In any case, consensus between the conflicting parties is needed to make the decision,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. “Such an agreement is hardly likely, taking into consideration the suspension of the ratification of the Armenia-Turkey normalization protocols.”

Speaking to reporters, Nesterenko also commented on a recent proposal from Iran to host a trilateral meeting on Karabakh between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbijan and Iran. “Russia has nothing against this meeting,” he said.

“If such a meeting takes place, obviously, it is necessary to wait for its results and then talk about the possibility of Iran’s mediation in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement,” Nesterenko said.

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