Pashinyan, Aliyev, Putin meet in Sochi
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Sochi on Monday in a tripartite summit following bilateral meetings between Putin and the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Putin stated after the meeting that Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan have agreed on a joint statement, although not everything was agreed upon, and some things had to be taken out of the text that had been previously worked out at the level of diplomats.
"We all believe that it was a very useful meeting. In my opinion, it created a very good atmosphere for future agreements on some fundamental issues," he said, adding:
"Today we have agreed on a joint statement. I must tell you frankly, not everything has been agreed upon, and some things had to be taken out of the preliminary text worked out at the expert level. Nevertheless, I agree with the general assessment that the meeting was useful and it creates the conditions for further steps towards the resolution of issues in general. And when I say generally, I mean both the events of the recent past, and the events that took place two years ago."
"Russia for its part will do everything in its power to achieve a final and comprehensive settlement. We will be in contact, and we will continue this dialogue. We will continue to search for the solutions that are necessary to put an end to this long lasting conflict."