YEREVAN. – Judging by the fact that they [the FMs of Armenia and Azerbaijan] eventually announced that the presidents’ meeting is possible within a year, this bespeaks that an agreement could not be reached [at their recent talk in Brussels], and that there are matters which the presidents of the [two] countries shall resolve.
Russian political analyst and columnist Stanislav Tarasov told the aforesaid to 168 Zham (Hour) newspaper of Armenia.
“From what I know, before meeting [in Saint Petersburg, Russia, last year] at the same time with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin negotiated with them separately; and at that time there were some verbal agreements, which the Azerbaijani side violated and refuses to implement,” Tarasov added. “Moscow, especially our president, does not forgive such demeanor. He has his unique style, he confides in verbal agreements very much, and, apparently, [Azerbaijan president Ilham] Aliyev made him a promise which he did not fulfill. As a result, Moscow refused to assume the role of the leader of the mediation in the negotiation process [to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict].”