Lavrov says Russia helps Turkey and Armenia establish direct dialogue

14 January

Moscow helps Ankara and Yerevan establish direct dialogue and expects it to be successful, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at a press conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2021.

"Turkey and Armenia have indeed appointed their special representatives [on settlement issues]. Russia helped reach such an agreement, and we are very happy that today's first meeting is taking place in Moscow. Our role is to help establish direct dialogue, I hope it will be successful," he said.

Armenia and Turkey have appointed special envoys for the settlement in 2021. Ankara's special envoy is former Turkish ambassador to the US Serdar Kılıç, Yerevan is represented by deputy parliament speaker Ruben Rubinyan.

Despite the common border, there are no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey. In 2009 in Zurich, the foreign ministers of the two states signed protocols on the establishment of diplomatic relations and on the principles of mutual relations, but these documents have not been ratified by the parties. On March 1, 2018, Armenia announced the cancellation of the protocol.



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Based on materials from TASS