Armenian FM discussed the situation in Kazhakstan and Nagorno-Karabakh with OSCE Chair

The Armenian foreign minister, Ararat Mirzoyan, held a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau, Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Mirzoyan and Rau discussed the situation in Kazkhastan, with the Armenian FM echoing Putin’s statements from yesterday’s extraordinary CSTO meeting that the CSTO troops had been deployed for “a limited time to protect strategically important facilities”. Kazhkhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, announced earlier today that a “phased withdrawal of the CSTO united peacekeeping contingent will begin” in two day’s time. 

The two foreign ministers also touched upon regional security issues, with Mirzoayn noting the need for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the auspices of the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chairs, and stressing the importance of Poland’s support as the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for the reaching of a comprehensive agreement based on known principles.

Rau also tweeted that he looked forward to working with Armenia in the upcoming year.

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photo: Mirzoyan and Rau hold phone conversation; Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia