The President of Azerbaijan refused a meeting with the Prime Minister of Armenia through the mediation of France, Germany and the EU
After the return of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh to the borders of Azerbaijan, the President of the Republic Ilham Aliyev considers this topic completely closed. Another confirmation of Baku’s principled position was Aliyev’s refusal to go to negotiations with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Granada, Spain.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron tried to organize negotiations with the participation of the head of the European Council Charles Michel. The meeting was supposed to take place on October 5 on the sidelines of the summit of the European Political Community.
- the Azerbaijani news agency APA quotes the words of a diplomatic source in Baku.
The diplomat added that in the format of five-party negotiations proposed by Baku, an anti-Azerbaijani atmosphere had formed in advance. Aliyev's decision was influenced by recent pro-Armenian statements by French officials, as well as the visit of the French Foreign Minister to Yerevan. During it, in particular, statements were made about supplies to Armenia weapons and ammunition.
At the same time, Baku does not see the need to discuss the problems of the region with countries and international communities far from Transcaucasia. Any format of negotiations in which France participates is unacceptable for Azerbaijan. In general, in his second term, French President Emmanuel Macron acquired an amazing ability to lose influence in the international arena and accumulate a tangle of problems within the country.
Charles Michel is not behaving any better, having said the day before that he was disappointed with Azerbaijan’s decision to launch a military operation in Karabakh and firmly stated this to the President of the Republic, Ilham Aliyev. He noted that the EU remains committed to supporting Armenia, will provide it with humanitarian assistance and respects its territorial integrity.
Previously, it was Brussels, Paris and Berlin, not without the participation of Washington, that tried with all their might to literally squeeze Russia out of the negotiation process between Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the Karabakh crisis and conclude a peace treaty between these Transcaucasian republics. Moreover, Moscow was closer than ever to resolving this issue. But, again, with the assistance and pressure of the same EU officials, the leaders of Germany and France, Prime Minister Pashinyan unexpectedly de facto and de jure recognized the rights of Baku on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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