We don’t think it’s right to mix the issues related to Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijan’s bilateral ties with third countries. Maria Zakharova—Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation—said this as she commented on the visit of President of Turkey to the occupied Armenian city of Shushi.
“It is from this perspective that we observe the recent Azerbaijani-Turkish contacts at the highest level. We proceed from the fact that bilateral ties in the region, including military ties must not be against other states. We resolutely support the actions aimed at settling Yerevan’s dialogues with Baku and Ankara. Cooperation in the South Caucasus must grow on the basis of friendly-neighborly principles, taking into consideration and balancing the interests of all countries in the region,” she said.
“As far as the statements are concerned, taking into consideration the processes unfolding in the region and the efforts that were aimed at helping the sides reach agreements and making the movement peaceful, all the statements need to be targeted at stability, peaceful development, restoration of ties and meet the interests of peaceful civilians in the region,” Zakharova added.