November 16, 2023 - 14:05 AMT
Russia: Armenia risks involvement in regional communications

Advice from Western prevent Armenia from completing the unblocking of communications in the South Caucasus, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, told briefing on Wednesday, November 15, TASS reports.

She noted that the process of unblocking communications, launched by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev and Nikol Pashinyan, has still not been completed.

“On June 2, at the 12th meeting of the trilateral working group, significant progress was registered in the negotiations, in particular, a common understanding was reached regarding the restoration and organization of railway communication between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” she said.

“But again, something prevented the Armenian leadership from finalizing the agreements. We know very well what prevented it: it was the “good” advice of Western friends of the current leadership in Armenia.”

According to the diplomat, the West, is “torpedoing all positive achievements” on the path to normalization.

“They are torpedoing Russian efforts, trying to impose their own recipes on Armenian-Azerbaijani normalization and promoting pseudo-normalization instead of normalization,” said the representative of the Russian diplomatic service.

“As a result, Armenia, acting on tips from the United States and the European Union outside the framework of trilateral agreements, in our opinion, runs a high risk of being cut off from the future configuration of regional communications,” Zakharova concluded.