Caucasus Reality 23 july — 13:17

After Aliyev, Pashinyan phoned Putin: Kremlin's dry release

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BY FARHAD MAMMADOV, INFORMATION SECTION

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. After a short working visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Moscow, this was expected, since discussions are underway with the participation of the Russian side regarding the implementation of the trilateral agreements of November 10, 2020 and January 11, 2021.

However, it seems that the press-service of the prime minister of Armenia, in its information about the conversation between Pashinyan and Putin, used expressions that were beneficial to the Armenian side. At the same time, they are not mentioned in the information disseminated by the Kremlin.

The Armenian side was the first to report on the telephone conversation, but did not specify on whose initiative it took place.

'The parties discussed in detail a wide range of regional and issues of mutual interest. They touched upon the agreements reached in the framework of the statements of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021. In particular, the issues of returning prisoners and opening communications in the region. They also discussed issues of cooperation in the field of defence and economy.

'Touching upon the situation in the region, Pashinyan noted the key role of Russia in ensuring peace and stability. The parties noted the importance of the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group,' the reports of the Armenian media say.

The Kremlin's information is significantly different. First of all, it specifies that the telephone conversation took place on the initiative of Yerevan. It is noted that topical issues of cooperation between Russia and Armenia in trade, economic, energy, humanitarian and other spheres were discussed.

'The situation around Nagorno-Karabakh was discussed. The topic of unblocking transport and economic ties in the region was also touched upon,' the Kremlin’s statement underlines.

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