26 May 2023 14:30

Signing of Armenian-Azerbaijani peace agreement possible in foreseeable future - Peskov

MOSCOW. May 26 (Interfax) - A meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani deputy prime ministers does not aim to finalize preparations for the conclusion of a bilateral peace agreement, however, changed circumstances allow doing it in the foreseeable future, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"It is a common opinion that the heads of state understand how to do it. Therefore, no artificial hindrances should be created at the working level. There is no task of finalizing everything. Because the end result is what matters most, and no one is in a rush," Peskov told reporters on Friday.

Peskov said that the deputy prime ministers will meet in Moscow at the end of next week to "smooth over the issues which the sides have a basic understanding how to address but still need to agree on details." "This is what they will be discussing," he added.

"One can hardly predict at this point when exactly the peace agreement might be signed," he said.

"Yet again, it was said at yesterday's meeting that circumstances had changed a great deal. Conceptually, the changed circumstances allow signing a peace agreement in the foreseeable future," Peskov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the upcoming meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani deputy prime ministers before he met with the Azerbaijani president and the Armenian prime minister in Moscow on Thursday to discuss normalization of Azerbaijani-Armenian relations. The outstanding problems with the unblocking of transport routes are strictly technical, Putin said at the meeting.