Russia is planning a trilateral meeting with Azerbaijan and Armenia to resolve the ongoing conflict. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Moscow was continuing talks with both countries on the issue. News agency Reuters quoted Russian media Interfax in a report on Friday.
The report quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying that there would be a possible meeting in Moscow with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Moscow says that Russia’s agreement with five former Soviet republics, including Armenia, is not effective in the case of Karabakh. On Wednesday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the situation in his country.
Armenia is a member of the Russian-led CSTO military alliance. This alliance ensures the protection of member countries from external aggression. However, Moscow said on Wednesday that the agreement was not effective in Qarabakh’s case.
Responding to a question about sending Russian troops to prison in support of Allied Armenia, Dmitry Peskov said the agreement promised to stand by any member state if it was attacked from outside. Here we are talking to Armenia. President Putin has clarified the matter.
Earlier, Putin stated that the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is not on Armenian soil.
In addition to membership in the Russian-led CSTO alliance, Armenia has a Russian military base. On the other hand, Turkish Muslim country is strongly supporting Azerbaijan. It is feared that if Armenia and Azerbaijan are embroiled in an all-out war, regional powers like Russia and Turkey may join. Although there is tacit support for Armenia, Moscow has clearly indicated that it will engage in mediation efforts rather than engaging directly in the conflict.
Although the Qarabakh region is part of Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. This is basically the beginning of conflict. On 26 September 2020, the two countries became embroiled in a war over the long-running dispute over the Nagorno-Karbakh region. It has so far claimed the lives of hundreds of people on both sides, including women and children. Most of the dead were identified as Armenian separatists. Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for the renewed conflict.