Kosachev: I hope that work of Diplomatic Club will accelerate Karabakh settlement
A lot of work remains to be done In order to settle the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, and perhaps the activity of the Diplomatic Club under the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which opened today in Moscow, will accelerate this process, the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said in an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza.
"Of course, right now everyone talks about Nagorno-Karabakh as the situation, which suddenly escalated after this conflict seemingly finally moved into the frozen stage. We all understood that the frozen stage is not a solution, but at least blood was not spilled. And suddenly it spilled once again," he complained.
"I admit that this situation caught us by surprise in Russia, we were not prepared for this. There were no signs of such dramatic development of the situation. Russia made every effort to ensure that this situation will return into a state where at least there is no bloodshed as quickly as possible. And I think that personal relations of our President Vladimir Putin with Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, our Minister of Foreign Affairs with Ministers of these republics, our Minister of Defense with Defense Ministers have played a very important role in the fast, operational achievement of this," he noted.
"Perhaps the time has not come yet to accomplish the greatest possible tasks. Maybe it will come a little faster when we start to work within our Diplomatic Club," he hopes.
"I really liked how the mission of new Diplomatic Club was described by our Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. He said that the club aims to become another or, perhaps, one of the main Russian soft forces. He meant, I am sure, what is called human relations, which certainly should arise between the leaders of states, between parliamentarians, between diplomats and between politicians. We can work without them, but it is much harder," he stressed.
"I think that for diplomats, for foreign ambassadors, who work here, this diplomatic club will always be a very good opportunity to directly, not in official cabinets, communicate with Minister, Deputy Minister, heads of corresponding departments of the Foreign Ministry, of course, with the representatives of other ministries and departments, and I hope, with us, with parliamentarians, because we are also a part of diplomacy," he concluded.