|Source:||Public Radio of Armenia/Radiolur|
|Author:||By Artak Barseghyan|
Russian President Vladimir Putin will most probably pay a state visit to Armenia in early September, Director of the Institute of CIS Countries, political scientist Konstantin Zatulin told a press conference in Yerevan today.
Russia’s policy line on Nagorno Karabakh will not change under Vladimir Putin’s presidency, Zatulin added.
“Russia is not going to refuse from its mediating mission as co-chairing country of the OSCE Minsk Group,” Zatulin said.
“Despite the years-long efforts of Azerbaijan, the mediators remained committed to the Madrid Principles. I think that Armenia and Azerbaijan must think about the steps that will help relieve the tension in the negotiations,” the political scientist said.
According to him, Russia is interested in having good relations with both Armenia AND Azerbaijan. “Russia believes that the high level of Russian-Azerbaijani relations at least helps prevent Azerbaijan’s adventurism against Armenia. At the same time the Russian-Armenian and Russian-Azerbaijani relations must not be compared. Armenia and Russia are part of the same military-political union, while Azerbaijan is just a member of CIS,” Konstantin Zatulin said.
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