Putin meets Sargsyan as focus of Karabakh negotiations shifts back to Moscow
16 November 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan in Moscow on Wednesday evening (15 November). Sargsyan arrived in Moscow earlier the same day, ostensibly to participate in the opening of the Cultural Days of Armenia being held in the Russian capital. After  the talks Putin accompanied Sargsyan to an Armenian exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery.

Neither Presidents made any reference to Nagorno-Karabakh when they spoke to the media after their talks in the Kremlin. However the focus of attention of efforts to resolve the Karabakh conflict shifted back to Moscow this week, with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan expected to meet the co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Process there tomorrow. It is not clear if the two Ministers will meet face to face to try to follow up on discussions that their two presidents held in Geneva on 16 October.

Speaking in Baku on Wednesday, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov confirmed that he would be travelling to Moscow overnight for the talks.

"The issues to be discussed are on the table and we don't want negotiations to be held for the sake of negotiations. We want concrete results", he told journalists. The Azerbaijani news agency APA quoted the minister as saying that the time has come to resolve the conflict.

Meanwhile it has also been announced that Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov will travel to the region early next week where he is expected to also meet with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Yerevan and Baku respectively.

source: with agencies

photo: President Sargsyan of Armenia met president Putin of Russia at the Kremlin on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 after which the two presidents visited an Armenian exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Russia).