Baku Hopes Russia Will ‘Put Armenia on a Constructive Course’
Baku hopes that Russia will exert more efforts in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and make them more effective, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov said on Monday, when asked what to expect in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution during Vladimir Putin’s presidency, the Baku-based Trend news agency reported.
“If Russia doesn’t increase its efforts towards the solution to this conflict, no international organization including OSCE, its Minsk Group, or the UN, will be able to achieve serious progress in this area,” said the state official.
Russia has significant leverage over Armenia in all areas, including political, economic, social, military, geopolitical and security issues, he asserted. “For this reason, Russia, having significant influence on Armenia, can put [Armenia] on a constructive course.”
Hasanov stressed that Azerbaijan’s requirements is for Armenia to withdraw its troops from “occupied Azerbaijani territories” and create conditions necessary for the restoration of civil, national and ethnic rights of the Azerbaijanis and Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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