21 Sep 2023 16:56

Armenia, Azerbaijan making great progress towards peace agreement - Kremlin

VELIKY NOVGOROD. Sept 21 (Interfax) - The Kremlin is seeing great progress in the drafting of a peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and believes work on this agreement can be finalized, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"No one can really say right now when [the peace agreement might be signed]. But considering that the main problem of who Karabakh belongs to has been solved, and it has been solved and settled by Armenia's decision to recognize who Karabakh belongs to, we can say that great progress has been made," Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"There are many outstanding technical issues to be addressed until the work on this agreement is completed," he said.

"However, there is every prerequisite for doing so. A final lap is possible if there is goodwill," Peskov said.

He was asked whether Russia took part in elaborating the peace agreement.

"This is a peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Russia can take no part in it. However, Russia plays a certain role, as the foundation for this agreement was laid by the trilateral documents of 2021-2022. It has to be so," Peskov said.

"Russia serves as a guarantor one way or another," he said.

The peace agreement will meet the interests of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Karabakh's Armenians, Peskov said.

"We will achieve a dynamic of sustainable regional development if we add efforts towards cooperating in transport logistics, declared by the trilateral document, to the equation," he said.