Sargsyan off to Germany, Russia’s Medvedev to visit Armenia, Azerbaijan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is paying an official visit to Germany on April 6-7, his press service confirmed on Tuesday.

During the visit the Armenian leader is scheduled to meet with Germany’s top leading, including President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bundestag Chairman Norbert Lammert and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Sargsyan’s visit comes shortly after fragile truce was established in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone after nearly four days of fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

Germany is a country that holds the rotating presidency in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This organization’s Minsk Group is the main format for international mediatory efforts on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed his plans to visit Armenia on April 7-8. A Russian government spokesperson said on Tuesday that after visiting Armenia, Medvedev will then travel to Azerbaijan on April 8.

Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia on April 5 to urge their observance of the ceasefire, the Kremlin said.