Trilateral meeting between President of Russia, President of Azerbaijan and President of
August 10, 2014, 14:45 Sochi
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
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 AZERBAIJAN ILHAM 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
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
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.
PRESIDENT OF ARMENIA SERZH 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 resolution’s 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 Armenia’s national interests
to settle this issue.
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 Union’s 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 let’s 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, 15:20 Sochi
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
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
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 AZERBAIJAN ILHAM 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
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
Once again, thank you for the invitation and for the hospitality.
Meeting with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan
August 9, 2014, 17:20 Sochi
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
Earlier today Vladimir Putin held talks with President of Azerbaijan Ilham 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.
PRESIDENT OF ARMENIA SERZH 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 Armenia’s 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 Azerbaijan’s 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.