The foreign ministers of Russia and Armenia discussed international efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict when they met in Geneva on Tuesday.
According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov and Zohrab Mnatsakanian touched upon a “broad range of issues” during the talks held on the sidelines of a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Those included the “Nagorno-Karabakh peace process,” the ministry said in a statement.
A separate statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry said the two men discussed “topical issues on the bilateral and regional agenda” and “exchanged views” on the unresolved conflict.
The official press releases gave no details of the meeting held less than a month after fresh high-level Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations.
Mnatsakanian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov concluded in Geneva on January 30 two days of what they called “intensive discussions” mediated by the U.S., Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. In a joint statement with the mediators, they said they focused on “possible next steps to prepare the populations for peace; principles and elements forming the basis of a future settlement; and timing and agenda for advancing the settlement process.”
Two weeks later, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev held a brief meeting before participating in a panel discussion on Karabakh held as part of an annual security conference in Munich. The two leaders publicly traded accusations during the discussion.
Mnatsakanian accused Baku on February 18 of hampering progress towards a Karabakh settlement with “maximalist” demands. Still, the chief Armenian diplomat said on Monday that the fact that Pashinian and Aliyev publicly debated the long-running conflict was “very positive” in itself.