Baku, Azerbaijan – Aliyev gives a green light to Russia’s proposal! But there is one condition.
“I do not oppose sending observers and peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a statement about Russia’s idea of deploying observers to Nagorno-Karabakh. But Baku will offer its own conditions. If it is a referendum, it will not happen, we do not accept it,” he said.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressed his readiness to talk to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about Nagorno-Karabakh, but felt that the parties were far from stabilizing the crisis.
“I did not receive an invitation from Putin”
Aliyev noted that he did not receive an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a visit to Moscow to discuss the situation in the region. Aliyev said he was not opposed to sending observers and peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that Baku would present its own conditions. “International observers or peacekeepers are part of the basic principles. But this is the last part. It is one of the last issues to be addressed, and of course both sides Azerbaijan and Armenia must decide who the international observers or peacekeepers will be,” he said.
“A referendum is out of the question”
Emphasizing that they will never consent to a referendum on Nagorno-Karabakh, he said: “there will be no referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh. We did not accept this during the period of negotiations. And now that we have reclaimed much of the territory, a referendum cannot be out of the question,” he said.
Russia wanted to deploy observers
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said they wanted to deploy Russian troops as observers to Armenia-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. “The military solution of the Karabakh conflict is not accepted, “Lavrov said, adding that” it is up to Baku and Yerevan to make the decision to send Russian military observers.”