Klaar meets Bayramov in Baku, Pashinyan meets Putin in Moscow

EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar, met with Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeyhun Bayramov, in Baku on Friday (9 June), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said in a message.

According the the Foreign Ministry, Bayramov and Klaar exchanged views on the process of normalisation of Azerbaijan-Armenia relations, the current state of negotiations carried out through the mediation of international partners, including the European Union, and regional security issues.
"Minister Jeyhun Bayramov once again drew attention to the current situation on the peace agreement, the discussions on the opening of transport and communications in accordance with the obligations, as well as the position of the Azerbaijani side on the issue of delimitation," said the press release.

On his part, Klaar "expressed the EU's support for the process of normalisation of Azerbaijan-Armenia relations and that they will spare no effort to continue contacts between the political leaderships of both countries in this direction in the future," the statement said.

Klaar and Bayramov also "exchanged views on the prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union".

Also on Friday (9 June), the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi to discuss Russia-Armenia bilateral ties, as well as the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace process.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity on the sidelines of today's event to once again talk about the current situation in bilateral terms and in regional areas, which we spoke about in such detail at the previous meeting in Moscow," Putin told Pashinyan in his short opening remarks.

On his part, Pashinyan said that they would discuss "the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, in the zone of responsibility of the Russian peacekeepers," where, he said, the humanitarian situation "remains tense".

Pashinyan also said that the situation in the Lachin Corridor "remains tense".

Neither the Russian nor Armenian governments provided details from their private conversation, however.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan