Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “Recent agreements reached by Azerbaijan and Armenia are promising” – EXCLUSIVE

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “Recent agreements reached by Azerbaijan and Armenia are promising” – <font color=red>EXCLUSIVE </font>
# 08 May 2009 09:09 (UTC +04:00)
Answering APA correspondent’s question Sergei Lavrov took a stance on the statement issued by Minsk Group co-chairs on the Prague meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents.
“The Basic Principles of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement have been transmitted to Armenia and Azerbaijan in the fall of 2007 in Madrid. And those Basic Principles remain on the table. They have been accepted by both countries with certain exceptions related to three or four issues which is still to be finally agreed. The purpose of the current stage of negotiation process is to close the positions on these issues. I haven not obviously seen the report at what specifically was achieved the way of progress. But I hope that this momentum which has been reached after last meeting in November in Moscow and now in Prague, and both presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia accepted the invitation to come to Saint Petersburg economic forum,” Sergei Lavrov said.


“Within this forum, we will have opportunity to have another meeting. I believe that this momentum is encouraging and we keep our fingers crossed. But it is a quite process. It is not possible to discuss the details of what two presidents discussed but we are generally optimistic about the progress possibility on achieving the agreement,” he said.

Sergei Lavrov also said that Russia neither had double standard approach to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, nor dictated its position to the sides.
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