Unfortunately, there are problems between the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, this is the most important factor to take into account, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in his interview with the Public Television of Armenia today.
"After the Ukrainian events there is a problem of simple communication and working with each other, although the sides express a certain willingness to work, but in practice we see that the practical conditions of these activities are difficult," Pashinyan said.
Asked whether we have a scenario of how things will develop if, for instance, Azerbaijan refuses to prolong the peacekeepers' mission after the 5-year term, he said: "I want to remind that in the statement of November 9 this 5-year term is prolonged spontaneously, if one of the sides doesn't object six months in advance. Our position is that the security and the rights of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh must be ensured. In this case the presence of Russian peacekeepers is for that very purpose, and all our efforts are aimed at having that function and putting everything on a firm institutional footing."
Answering a question whether the issue of Artsakh is on the agenda of his meetings with Aliyev, the Prime Minister said: "Of course, we are discussing the issue, but there are nuances, difficulties, it is not an easy discussion. But there is a situation when Azerbaijan says that we do not want to discuss the Karabakh issue with Armenia. It is clear in what context and discussions this issue is present".