Moscow is not optimistic about the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the near future, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.
Ushakov, however, added that Moscow will continue to work with Baku and Yerevan on the issue.
He did not disclose the details of talks, noting that a lot of options and proposals are being discussed.
“But I reiterate that there is no reason for optimism,” he added.
As for the reason for Russia’s supplying arms to Armenia, Ushakov said Russia is an ally of Armenia and it is entitled to supply the weapons, which have been agreed with the partners.
“I think there is nothing surprising for anyone, as well as for Azerbaijani partners,” he said. “As you know, weapons are also supplied to Azerbaijan.”
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
World media monitoring