Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan today received the delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
Greeting the guests, Pashinyan stated that the relations between Armenia and Russia are allied relations and that he is glad to state that the relations have become stronger over the past few months.
“At a difficult moment, the Russian Federation extended a helping hand to Armenia and helped the country solve the problems that had emerged as a result of the pandemic and the aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh. The efforts of the Russian Federation helped stop the hostilities and achieve essential reduction of the escalation in our region. Today, the presence of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh serves as a strong guarantee for security in Nagorno-Karabakh.
I would especially like to highlight the role that President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin played in achieving peace in the region and his efforts to create conditions for living and working in Nagorno-Karabakh. In this regard, I would like to assure that Armenia will continue to take all the measures to implement the agreements that were reached through the trilateral statements signed on November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021.
Armenia is also ready to make maximum efforts to ensure constructive dialogue between the sides in the trilateral format. However, I must say that Azerbaijan’s actions don’t contribute to progress of the dialogue at all. The actions of Baku, which is manipulating the return of Armenian POWs, stating its territorial ambitions against Armenia and has now started destroying the cultural and religious heritage of the Armenian people, are aimed at escalating the situation in the region and leading implementation of the agreements to failure.
In this context, I would like to mention, with satisfaction, the actions of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the recent statement of which is, in essence, a response to Azerbaijan’s destructive stance.
The position expressed in the April 13 statement by the Co-Chairs is in line with Armenia’s position on the main issues that exist today. In this regard, I would like to emphasize Armenia’s position according to which it is necessary to restore the peace process in order to reach a final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, based on the principles proposed by the Co-Chairs.”
In closing, Pashinyan welcomed Sergey Lavrov once again and added that he is certain that they will hold constructive and fruitful talks.