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Trilateral meeting between President of Russia, President of Azerbaijan and President of Armenia

August 10, 2014, 14:45Sochi

Vladimir Putin held a trilateral meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in Sochi.

Mr Putin met separately with each president the day before.

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PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN:Mr Aliyev, Mr Sargsyan,

Let me thank you once again for this chance to meet here in Russia. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations with the President of Armenia and with the President of Azerbaijan. We also had some informal discussions in the evening. Thankfully, yesterday, we did not discuss any business matters, but we did have a chance to talk about various issues with each other. I think that this sets the right kind of atmosphere for being able to discuss the more serious and complicated issues related to reaching a settlement in the region.

There are international platforms of course to help us resolve these problems and settle the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. We most certainly respect these international groups and will continue to work together with our colleagues there.

At the same time though, our countries have particularly close relations and ties that reach back a long way, and this enables us to have a frank exchange of views on the state of affairs today and the steps we need to take to make progress in settling the problems we have inherited from the past. I think it is useful at any rate for us to talk and I am very pleased to have this chance to be with you today and discuss these matters.

If you want to add anything, please, go ahead.

PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJANILHAM ALIYEV:Thank you, Mr Putin.

Thank you for your attitude towards this issue. As we said yesterday, this dispute does need to be resolved. It has dragged on for too long. I hope that your personal involvement in this process will give new impetus to negotiations.

As you pointed out, we do have a format for negotiations, and there is a legal basis for settling the conflict. The UN Security Council passed four resolutions calling for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from Azerbaijani territory. Unfortunately, more than 20 years have passed and these resolutions remain just words.

The Minsk Group has been working through its co-chairpersons to attempt to bring the parties closer together, but without great success. I think therefore that Russia, as our close friend, partner and neighbour, can of course play a particular role in the settlement process. I hope that through negotiations and peaceful means we will soon reach a settlement that will respect the norms and principles of international law and also be fair and just.

Thank you.

PRESIDENT OF ARMENIASERZH SARGSYAN:Thank you, Mr Putin, for your effort and for the time and attention you are giving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict at such a difficult moment. We in Armenia appreciate this very much.

We think that it is possible to settle this conflict. We need to reach a compromise based on the principles the co-chairpersons of the Minsk Group proposed. Azerbaijan continually refers to the four UN resolutions, but I could put the rhetorical question to Mr Aliyev: which point of these resolutions has Azerbaijan implemented? Only Armenia has actually implemented any of this resolutions provisions, using its influence to end military operations.

If we return to the events of the early 1990s, I think it would be good on the one hand, but on the other would end up with problems remaining unresolved. It would be good in the sense that back then we realised and agreed that this conflict could not be settled by military means. But if we start laying the blame on each other again now, I think it will be a long time before we manage to resolve this conflict.

I am grateful to you for your commitment to finding a solution to this issue. It is in Armenias national interests to settle this issue.

Thank you.

VLADIMIR PUTIN:I am pleased to see that the President of Azerbaijan spoke of the need to settle the conflict through peaceful means, and you have just said the same. This really is the most important thing, as there is no greater tragedy than people being killed.

But we need to remember that the roots of this conflict go back a long way and it is something we have inherited from the past, part of the legacy of the Soviet Unions collapse, one should say. We need to show patience, wisdom, and respect for each other in order to find a solution.

Even the most difficult situations can be resolved if the good will is there. I think that the people of Azerbaijan and the people of Armenia do have this good will. So lets discuss the issues now together, and then we will talk with our colleagues too and share our thoughts.

Meeting between President of Russia and President of Azerbaijan

August 9, 2014, 15:20Sochi

Vladimir Putin met with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the Sochi residence. Duringthe talks, the two leaders discussed a number of bilateral and regional issues, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr Aliyev, friends. It is a great pleasure to see you in Russia. Thank you very much for accepting our invitation.

We have a large number of bilateral and regional issues to discuss. I am happy to say that our relationship is developing successfully: we have been in contact on a regular basis, both at the top level and at the level of our governments.

Russian-Azerbaijani economic relations, humanitarian ties and other areas of cooperation are expanding. This is due to an element of trust, which is constantly growing in our bilateral contacts, and we are very pleased about that. I am sure we will also talk about the long-standing issues related to the Karabakh settlement.

Once again, we are very glad to see you. Welcome.

PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJANILHAM ALIYEV: Thank you for the invitation, Mr Putin. We are pleased to visit Russia again and welcome the opportunity to meet with you and go over the very broad agenda of our relations.

As you mentioned, we have seen a positive trend in the development of our relations, stable and long-term growth. We value this a great deal and see Russia as one of our key partners in the international arena.

Our cooperation extends to a wide range of areas: in addition to political interaction, we have seen good results in the economic sector. Trade is thriving; we have seen growth last year and this year. The structure of trade has improved and mutual investments have reached significant levels. Naturally, this gives a new dynamic to our relationship.

We have very warm memories of your visit to Azerbaijan last year, which was a great success, and I think that gave a major boost to the development of our relations. We are determined to build up the potential of our cooperation.

Naturally, the issues of regional security and stability are always on our agenda. We will also discuss the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has lasted far too long and needs to be addressed.

Once again, thank you for the invitation and for the hospitality.

Meeting with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan

August 9, 2014, 17:20Sochi

Vladimir Putin met with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in Sochi. Thetwo leaders discussed current issues of Russian-Armenian cooperation in various fields and ways to reach settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Earlier today Vladimir Putin held talks with President of AzerbaijanIlham Aliyev, which also included a discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Beginning of meeting with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr Sargsyan, friends and colleagues,

First of all, I want to thank you for accepting our invitation to come to Sochi.

There is no need to characterise the Russian-Armenian relations; they are extremely friendly, strategic relations, as evidenced by the recent decisions of the Armenian leadership regarding the accession to the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. The work is in progress, and I would like to inform you about what has been done in this area so far.

We also have a number of issues on the bilateral agenda, and we will talk about them today. This is also an opportunity to discuss the Karabakh settlement. Therefore, our agenda today is very full and rich.

I am very happy to see you. Welcome.

PRESIDENT OF ARMENIASERZH SARGSYAN: Thank you, Mr Putin, for the invitation to Sochi and to this meeting.

Three months have passed since our last meeting, and there is a need to take stock of some of our agreements. In addition to our bilateral agenda, I would also like to discuss some issues related to the integration processes, specifically Armenias accession to the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union.

Naturally, we are concerned about the situation in Ukraine. If you wish, you could inform us about the measures being taken by Russia, and I, in turn, will describe in detail the situation in our region and the reasons behind Azerbaijans deliberate escalation of the crisis on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the contact line.

Thank you very much for the warm welcome and excellent conditions for our work.