Sargsyan, Medvedev discuss Karabakh, EEU’s Yerevan meeting


Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday received Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who arrived in Armenia the previous night to attend a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EEU) Intergovernmental Council in Yerevan to be also attended by the heads of government of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

The meeting that was originally planned in Yerevan on April 8 was controversially moved to Moscow at Kazakhstan’s request amid escalation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Nagorno Karabakh.

It was later agreed that Yerevan would host the next gathering on May 20.

During their discussion today President Sargsyan briefed the Russian premier on his May 16 meeting in Vienna, Austria, with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev held through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group in which Russia is a co-chair along with the United States and France.

During the Vienna meeting, Sargsyan said, they agreed on the monitoring of the ceasefire regime and the introduction of mechanisms of investigating incidents.

“We, of course, will do everything on our part to prevent such violations, and I hope that the foreign ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries will be consistent in the implementation of the decisions that we arrived at jointly,” said Sargsyan, as quoted by his press service.

Medvedev reportedly welcomed the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit meeting in Vienna and said that it is important that the ceasefire, which incidentally was brokered by Russia back in 1994, be observed by the parties to the Karabakh conflict.

“Do not doubt that Russia has always assisted and will continue to assist in the settlement of this difficult conflict,” the Russian prime minister said.

Sargsyan and Medvedev last met on April 7, two days after a verbal agreement was reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt deadly fighting in Karabakh.

Scores of soldiers, as well as civilians, were killed during four days of hostilities that broke out in the disputed region after Azerbaijan’s offensive on April 2.

Both Sargsyan and Medvedev said today that their meeting last month focused mostly on the more urgent Karabakh issue. The Russian premier said that during the Yerevan meeting of the EEU Intergovernmental Council they will discuss “different and first of all economic issues that are useful for all countries.”