Putin and Pashinyan discuss regional developments at meeting in Moscow • MassisPost


MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Moscow on Tuesday for talks which apparently focused on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

An Armenian government statement said it discussed “ongoing developments” in and around the conflict zone, efforts to consolidate stability in the region and the implementation of agreements brokered by Russia to establish links. transport between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Russian-Armenian relations were also on the agenda, the statement added.

Neither the government nor the Kremlin have announced any deals made by the two leaders.

“We will talk in a formal and informal setting – have lunch together, discuss current affairs, talk about prospects,” Putin told Pashinyan in his opening remarks at their fourth meeting in less than a year. He said they would speak of a “short and long term settlement in the region”.

“Unfortunately, we still cannot speak of a complete stabilization of the situation in our region,” said Pashinyan for his part. He stressed that Russia continues to play the “key role” in international efforts to resolve the Karabakh conflict.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Armenian counterpart Arshak Karapetyan also met in Moscow on Monday.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said it discussed Russian-Armenian military relations, the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and “a number of regional security issues.” He did not specify.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not released any statement on Shoigu’s latest talks with Karapetyan.

Putin also said on Tuesday that he wanted to “compare his notes” with Pashinyan regarding next month’s summit of ex-Soviet states, including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. The leaders of the three countries are expected to attend.

Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said they were ready to meet earlier this month. Their most recent face-to-face meeting was hosted by Putin in Moscow in January.


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