MOSCOW (Armenpress)—”Russia is not trying to impose on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sides ready-made solutions, this issue requires a balanced compromise between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Azerbaijani AzerTac news agency, reported Tass.
“I would like to particularly emphasize that we are not trying to impose ready-made solutions upon Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Putin said. “The sides should reach an agreement and find mutually acceptable solutions independently, without external pressure. This is our firm position,” he added.
According to Putin, “Reaching a compromise means finding an optimal balance between the principles of territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination. We are fully aware of the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of the Armenian and Azerbaijani leadership. The final goal of the settlement should be an agreement with no winning or losing sides, with mutual concessions and benefits for both sides that are clear to the public in both Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
“Russia is ready to support a solution that would be acceptable to all sides involved and, together with other mediators, to act as a guarantor of the settlement,” Putin said.
“Therefore, it is our genuine interest that the neighboring region is peaceful and calm again, that casualties stop, borders open, and economic ties are restored there,” he continued. “We are doing our utmost for that.”
The president recalled that “in May 1994, the ceasefire agreement was signed with the direct assistance of Russia, and it is still the basis of the truce.”
“The adoption of the 2008 Moscow Declaration was an important step. It confirms that a conflict settlement should be achieved through political means alone,” Putin said. “By the way, this is the first and still the only document on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement signed by the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan,” the Russian President said.
Russia is not trying to monopolize the work on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it works with the Western partners and hopes the issue will be solved through joint efforts, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Azerbaijani “AzerTac” news agency, reported Tass.
“We often hear that Russia is trying to monopolize the work related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and push other mediators aside. That is a misconception,” Putin said.
Putin said more than twenty trilateral summits on the Karabakh issue with the participation of the Russian president perfectly complement the efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, the US and France to settle this conflict.
“It should be noted that U.S. and French representatives attended the concluding part of the above-mentioned trilateral summit in St. Petersburg,” the Russian President said.
In turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir were invited to the meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan held on the initiative of the U.S. in Vienna on May 16, 2016, Putin said.
This approach is an example of how “we can and should work to settle international conflicts. I hope that our joint efforts will help the sides to reach a consensual solution,” Putin said.