Putin, Aliyev and Pashinyan to meet in person later this week

After weeks of speculation, the Kremlin announced on Tuesday  (23 November) that a trilateral meeting between the prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, will take place later this week.

According to the report, the three leaders will meet in Sochi on 26 November at Putin’s initiative to “review the implementation of the November 9, 2020, and January 11, 2021, trilateral agreements and outline further steps on strengthening of stability and establishment of peaceful life in the region”. It added that “special attention will be paid to restoration and development of trade, economic and transportation ties."

The statement went on to say that separate negotiations would take place bilaterally between Putin and both leaders.

This announcement comes just days after Charles Michel, the European Council President, confirmed that both leaders had also agreed to meet face to face in Brussels in December.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and the prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, meet with Russias President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, 11 January 2021; Office of the Prime Minister of Armenia