November 17
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YEREVAN. – The visits of Armenian President and Foreign Minister to Moscow were planned long ago; the same refers also to the holding of Armenia Culture Days in Russia, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s forthcoming visit to Armenia.

Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan noted about the aforesaid to reporters, after Thursday’s Cabinet session of the government of Armenia.

In his words, Lavrov’s visit to Armenia will take place on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“On the other hand, it’s apparent that there is some activeness by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, in connection with the settlement of the Karabakh conflict,” Kocharyan added.

As per the Armenian official, however, not only there is no progress in the respective talks, but the situation is somewhat volatile, and this is proved by the events that occurred in April of the year past.

“The Minsk Group co-chair countries [Russia, US, and France] are also permanent members in the UN Security Council,” the Armenian deputy FM noted, “and [therefore] the resumption of military actions is unacceptable to them.”

And when asked whether Sergey Lavrov will bring along any proposals to Yerevan, Shavarsh Kocharyan responded that the Russian FM works within the format of the three OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

“He has dismissed publicly several times,” assured the Armenian official. “There are no separate Russian proposals [toward resolving the Karabakh conflict].”

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