Diplomats from France, Russia and the United States, and the representative of the Italian chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday (7 February) met in Baku with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, to take forward discussions on the ongoing efforts to peacefully resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. France, Russia and the United States chair the OSCE Minsk process which has been mandated to mediate between the sides in the conflict by the international community.
It is expected that the diplomats will later this week hold similar talks with the Armenian leadership in Yerevan, and will also visit Nagorno-Karabakh.
phoro: OSCE Minsk Group diplomats with the President of Azerbaijan on 7 February 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Azerbaijan
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"