Russia promised to make a mention of Nagorno-Karabakh in the Sochi statement, but this did not happen, the head of the Armenian Security Council Armen Grigoryan said.
“We have tried several times to have the package of Russian proposals clearly formulated so that it talks about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Russian side promised that this would happen, but it did not happen.
We also wanted a paragraph on the deployment of peacekeepers so that it would be clearly noted that peacekeepers are deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, but this was also not reflected in the final statement in Sochi,” Grigoryan said in an interview with the “Factor.am”publication.
“The Russian side has publicly stated that it has good proposals for the Armenian side. Armenia, in turn, stated that it fully supports this agenda.
At present, there are 2 papers on the table – one Azerbaijani, which we have been working on, and one Russian, which represents ideas about the parameters of a peace agreement. The West is just helping to look for options,” he continued.
Grigoryan confirmed that the parties are working on a package of five points proposed by Azerbaijan.
“Armenia is alone in many ways. There is no proper reaction from the CSTO. Naturally, Armenia will never give a corridor, we knew that one of the reasons for the recent aggression is that Armenia refuses to provide a corridor and they are trying to put pressure on Armenia,” Grigoryan said.
It should be noted that so far no one has made public the so-called “Washington” and “Russian” settlement options. According to most observers, there are no such documents in nature. However, a number of Armenian sources claim that the Russian version is the “Khovayev Plan” (the Russian co–chair of the OSCE Minsk Group).
In early September, Khovayev visited Yerevan and Baku, where he presented the settlement ideas developed by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The essence of these proposals did not differ from the previously signed trilateral statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. They assumed the opening of communications, normalization of relations, demarcation of borders, etc. There was only one fundamental difference. The document stated that the parties agree to postpone the decision on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh for the future.
This is exactly what Vladimir Putin meant when speaking at the Valdai Forum, where he hinted that the Russian option is more beneficial for Armenians, since in the proposals of the West, Karabakh is recognized as a part of Azerbaijan.
Source: Turan News Agency