Meeting of the Foreign Minister of Armenia with the Foreign Minister of Russia

20 March, 2023

On March 20 in Moscow Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. The meeting started with tête-à-tête, then continued in an expanded format with the participation of two delegations.

The heads of Foreign Ministries discussed a wide range of issues on the agenda of the Armenian-Russian allied relations and political dialogue.

The issues of cooperation within the international organisations were touched upon.

The Issues of regional stability and security were also discussed.

Minister Mirzoyan stressed that Azerbaijan's aggressive policy towards the Nagorno-Karabakh and the sovereign territory of Armenia and the rhetoric at the highest level are aimed at aggravating the situation in the region and preparing ground for a new aggression. In this context the imperative of condemning these practices, excluding the use of force and the threat of force and fulfilling all obligations assumed by the trilateral declarations was emphasised.

Both sides emphasised the need to restore the regime of the Lachine corridor in accordance with the provisions of the Statement of November 9, 2020.

The Foreign Minister of Armenia underlined the need for the effective operation of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Nagorno Karabakh in preventing provocations from the Azerbaijani side, maintaining the ceasefire regime in the area of responsibility of the peacekeepers and ensuring security in Nagorno Karabakh.

Ararat Mirzoyan highlighted the need to launch the relevant international instruments and send an international fact-finding mission to Nagorno Karabakh in order to prevent Azerbaijan's policy of ethnic cleansing in Nagorno Karabakh.

The latest developments of the normalisation process of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations were touched upon.

Following the results of the meeting, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov held a joint press conference.

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