Russia revives talks on Karabakh
Intensive talks, initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh may start in the coming days, the TV channel Khazar cites the assistant to the President of Azerbaijan on socio-political affairs Ali Hasanov.
"The Armenian side doesn't want to accept defeat and the loss of its positions, and therefore it continues firing. However, they had a fear of a successful offensive by the Azerbaijani army and decided to agree to a cease-fire. The initiative came from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He appealed to the presidents of both countries, and accordingly, the negotiating process is being prepared now. It is possible that an intensive phase of negotiations will start in the coming days,’’ he noted.
Ali Hasanov noted that during the recent fighting the Azerbaijani army only responded to provocations from the enemy and carried out a successful offensive operation. The great advantage achieved during a short period of time by Azerbaijan’s military forces showed that they are the strongest in the South Caucasus.
As we informed before, last week Vladimir Putin said during his press conference that Russia was doing everything possible to find an acceptable settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem for both sides. " This is a very sensitive issue, and I believe that we should be very cautious in dealing with it, applying the well-known principle of medical ethics “Do no harm". This is a long-standing issue, a conflict that has been frozen. Unfortunately, there has been a surge in violence. We will do our best to resolve it and find solutions that would be acceptable for both parties.’’ he said.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova spoke of the active participation of Russia in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict: "I have already informed about our role as the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, taking into account our relations both with Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It is a constructive role, and all of our thoughts, intentions, aspirations, ideas and plans are tied only to a peaceful resolution of the situation.”
Director General of Foreign Policy Research Institute and initiatives, Advisor to the General Director of the ‘MIA Russia today’ Veronika Krasheninnikova told in an interview with a ‘Vestnik Kavkaza’ correspondent that Russia should settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in order to stabilize the situation near its borders.
"The situation around Karabakh can have only a peaceful solution: an armed conflict is not in the interest of any of the parties, and it also not in the interest of Russia. As far as we know, the Russian leadership has played a maximum role in order to avert the active military confrontation,’’ she said.
Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.