YEREVAN. – To date, the meetings and telephone calls between the two countries' foreign ministers have been about the humanitarian ceasefire. Edmon Marukyan, chairman of the opposition Bright Armenia Party (BAP) and head of its parliamentary faction, said this in a talk with journalists Wednesday.
"I do not have information about today's visit [to Moscow by the Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs], but I suppose there will be another humanitarian ceasefire issue because [Russian FM Sergey] Lavrov says in all his speeches that the issue of ceasefire verification is being discussed," Marukyan added in particular.
Asked whether Russia should be applied to in order to reach a final solution to the current Karabakh war, Marukyan responded: "Russia already has a burden on itself that has not yet been implemented: the humanitarian ceasefire. (…). My approach is that Moscow should be required to be able to implement—through its mediation—that [humanitarian ceasefire] text of the foreign ministers. Russia has an established legal and political basis for carrying out antiterrorist operations."
As for Armenia's position, the BAP leader said: "Armenia has one strategic partner: Russia. Armenia is a member of a military-political organization [the CSTO] which, in fact, is headed by Russia; there is no alternative to it. The West has welcomed Russia's mediation; that is, Russia has a mandate that if it intervenes now [in the current Karabakh war], no one will condemn it.”