Armenia ready to implement Russia’s peace plan – PM — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
After a long-standing conflict, the country would like to sign a treaty with Azerbaijan before 2023
Armenia is ready to work on establishing relations with its rival and neighbor Azerbaijan on the basis of the principles proposed by Moscow, Prime Minister Nicol Pashinyan revealed on Friday. A trilateral summit involving the countries will be held next week in the Russian city of Sochi, the Kremlin has announced.
Pashinyan said in a Tweeter that Yerevan was ready to confirm its position during the Sochi negotiations on Monday.
Upcoming talks will focus on promoting stability and security in Transcaucasia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev and the Prime Minister of Armenia will also discuss the implementation of the trilateral agreements signed earlier, in 2020 and 2021. The Kremlin confirmed that the summit was initiated by Moscow.
« Honestly, I want [the peace agreement] to be signed by the end of the year, Pashinyan said, quoted by the Russian news agency TASS, adding that the government would do everything possible to ensure that this plan is « realistic. »
Earlier on Friday, speaking at the special session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization via video link, Putin said that Russia « can’t stay out of trouble » and tensions between Yerevan and Baku. Moscow is always ready to support their « peaceful settlement ».
Armenia and Azerbaijan have always been at odds on many issues, with the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, de jure Azerbaijan, populated by ethnic Armenians, being the main one. In 2020, the two nations fought a 44-day war over territory, which ended with a Russian-brokered truce ceding some areas previously controlled by Armenia-backed troops to Baku and the deployment of helmets Russian Blues to honor the agreement.
Tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border escalated again in September this year, when dozens of people, both civilians and soldiers, were reportedly killed, with parties to the conflict blaming each other for the violence.
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