Assertion comes because the EU hosts talks between the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Brussels.
Azerbaijan has accused Russia and Armenia of failing to fulfil a ceasefire deal within the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave as Moscow supplied to host new peace talks whereas the European Union urged Baku and Yerevan to chorus from “violence and harsh rhetoric”.
The Azeri authorities’s criticism of Russia on Saturday got here as Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Brussels for talks geared toward resolving their decades-long battle for the management of Nagorno Karabakh.
Because the collapse of the Soviet Union, the neighbours have fought two wars over the small mountainous enclave that’s a part of Azerbaijan however populated by about 120,000 ethnic Armenians.
After heavy fighting and a Russian-brokered ceasefire, Azerbaijan in 2020 took over areas that had been managed by ethnic Armenians in and across the mountain enclave.
Baku and Yerevan have since been discussing a peace deal during which Russia can be pushing to retain a number one position and during which the 2 international locations would agree on borders, settle variations over the enclave and unfreeze relations.
Tensions, nevertheless, have flared again with Azerbaijan blockading and shutting the only land hyperlink between Karabakh and Armenia earlier this week.
It blamed the shutting of the Lachin hall – which is policed by Russian peacekeepers – on “smuggling” by aid agencies.
Russia stated on Saturday that it was able to organise a three-way assembly with Armenia and Azerbaijan on the degree of overseas ministers and stated this may very well be adopted up with a Moscow summit to signal a peace treaty.
It stated an integral a part of this pact ought to be “dependable and clear ensures of the rights and safety of the Armenians of Karabakh” and the implementation of earlier agreements between Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Baku – which insists that any safety ensures for Karabakh’s Armenian inhabitants ought to be offered on the nationwide degree and never by way of a world mechanism – responded angrily.
It stated Russia’s assertion “causes disappointment and misunderstanding” and contradicts Moscow’s declarations of supporting Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.
“The Russian aspect didn’t guarantee full implementation of the settlement throughout the framework of its obligations,” it stated, including that Moscow “did nothing to stop” Yerevan’s army provides from reaching separatist forces in Karabakh.
In the meantime, in Brussels, European Council President Charles Michel, who mediated talks between the Azeri and Armenian leaders, stated their exchanges had been “frank, sincere and substantive”.
“Actual progress is determined by the subsequent steps that may should be taken within the close to future. As a matter of precedence, violence and harsh rhetoric ought to cease in an effort to present the right atmosphere for peace and normalisation talks,” Michel stated.
“The inhabitants on the bottom wants reassurances, initially relating to their rights and safety,” he added.
Michel stated he additionally expressed the EU’s encouragement for Azerbaijan to speak on to the Karabakh Armenians to develop confidence between the events.
It was not clear how Aliyev reacted as he and Pashinyan left with out briefing reporters.
The European Council president stated he supposed to organise a brand new assembly between Aliyev and Pashinyan in Brussels and one other in Spain in October involving German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron.
In addition to the EU, the USA has additionally been pushing the perimeters to achieve a peace deal.
Russia, the normal energy dealer within the area, has been distracted by the war in Ukraine and dangers seeing its affect diminished.