A few days ago, the opposition members were saying: "Let's close the roads to the airport so that the prime minister does not go to Granada. He goes there, signs a document that I don't know what he's going to do." Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this during a question-and-answer session at the National Assembly of Armenia Wednesday.
"We [i.e. Armenia] have confirmed our visit to [the Spanish city of] Granada until now as well. What is more, we were very constructive and optimistic because we thought there was a chance to sign a landmark document [with Azerbaijan]. Basically, until this morning, we assessed that probability very highly. (…). It turned out that the scheduled meeting is not taking place at all, not through our fault," he said.
The Armenian PM informed that, nonetheless, they are heading to Granada with a delegation, including the foreign minister and Security Council secretary.
"We have not canceled, we are leaving [for Granada], and will have meetings there and will try to present our positions in more detail. Of course, we regret that the [scheduled] meeting [with Azerbaijan] did not take place, but we hope that the conceptual document, which is on the table, will be signed at a convenient time. I am ready to sign that treaty, and I regret very much that tomorrow I will not have the opportunity to announce that this very important decision was made," said the Armenian PM.
He emphasized, however, that an opinion should not be formed that this document contradicts the interests of Azerbaijan and fully corresponds only to the interests of Armenia.
"That document corresponds to the interests of peace and stability in the region. If that document is not balanced, no one will sign it and no one can force it. It’s another thing that there are forces that see that behind the borders of Armenia there are many marginalized, puppet forces, and they can be used to lose balances to the detriment of Armenia's interests. I believe they are implementing this scenario," stressed Nikol Pashinyan.