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Armenia will get a railway connection with Russia through the territory of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev revealed following the trilateral talks between the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia in Moscow on January 11.
In his words, the opening of communications in the region meets the interests of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. Aliyev said that he hopes that neighboring countries will also join in the creation of transport corridors in the region.
The trilateral working group on the Nagorno-Karabakh region will present a list and schedule of measures for the development of transport infrastructure on that territory, according to a statement published following the talks of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The the working group will submit a list and schedule for the implementation of relevant measures for approval by the parties at the highest level by March 1, 2021. These measures will involve the restoration and construction of new transport infrastructure facilities necessary for the organization, implementation and security of international transportation through the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia. Co-chairmen of the working group will be the deputy prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin added that he thinks that the settlement in South Caucasus will be beneficial for relations between Moscow and Baku and contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in general.
“I hope very much that settlement efforts in South Caucasus will be beneficial for our bilateral relations,” he said during talks with Ilham Aliyev. “I am convinced that this settlement will make our ties even closer, making it possible for us to build our relations on a more systemic basis not only in the economic but also in the humanitarian sphere.”
“Relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are now developing quite successfully,” the Russian president noted, adding that it is especially applicable to economic aspects as the two countries “have a lot of common areas of work and a lot of converging economic interests.”
“The major event of last year was the difficult situation and its difficult development in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Putin said. “I would like to express satisfaction that we have managed to stop hostilities, to stop bloodshed.” He also noted the role of the Russian peacekeeping mission, saying that the “situation is generally normalizing.”
“It is of paramount importance that today we have signed a joint statement resting on the commitment to a lasting resolution,” the Russian president emphasized.
The reopening of transport links in the region is one of the key provisions of the Russian-sponsored Armenian-Azerbaijani ceasefire. At the same time, the implementation of the deal itself still faces some difficulties and the real ceasefire in the area will be not possible without the Russian peacekeeping mission.
The status of Nagorno-Karabakh still remains the key source of contradictions between Yerevan and Baku.