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Russia accuses Armenia of derailing peace talks with Azerbaijan

Jan 12, 2023

Russia has accused its ally Armenia of derailing the peace talks with Azerbaijan.

This follows from a commentary by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, published Thursday on the Russian ministry's website, European Pravda reported.

According to Zakharova, Armenia's decision to cancel a meeting in Moscow scheduled for last December prevented negotiations on a peace agreement.

"It was the Armenian leadership that canceled the arrival of Armenian Foreign Minister Mirzoyan at the last moment. This prevented discussion not only of the peace agreement but also of other pressing issues of Armenian-Azerbaijani normalization, including the situation around the Lachin corridor," Zakharova said.

She said that if the Armenian partners are really interested in the solution of these problems in the framework of the comprehensive implementation of trilateral agreements at the highest level, then instead of engaging in scholasticism, it is necessary to continue joint work.

"Russia's proposal to provide a platform for Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations on a peace treaty remains in force," Zakharova added.

The statement once again shows that relations between Moscow and Yerevan have escalated in the midst of Russia's war with Ukraine. Recently, Armenia has repeatedly noted that it does not feel the proper support of Russia in the conflict with Azerbaijan.

Author - Olena Madiak, 12/01/2023

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