Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s presidential press secretary, told reporters today (21 July) that Moscow would welcome the involvement of the EU in the process of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict if it were to facilitate existing arrangements.
According to Russia’s TASS news agency, when asked about statements from EU members about plans to join the trilateral talks over Nagorno-Karabakh, Peskov responded, "If mediation efforts bring stability and predictability, and facilitate the implementation of the existing agreements, they should be welcome. On the whole, work in this direction is going well."
Emphasising the active personal engagement of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, who “maintains contact with both [Armenia's] Prime Minister Pashinyan and [Azerbaijan's] President Aliyev”, Peskov explained that their trilateral efforts were “currently focused on the issues related to the implementation of the agreements that were reached earlier”. This pertains to the trilateral agreements of 10 November 2020 and 11 January 2021, which prioritise the opening of regional transport and economic communications.