Kremlin spokesman on Pashinyan’s proposal to station Russian border guards along Armenian-Azeri border

Panorama, Armenia
July 29 2021

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday refrained from commenting on acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s proposal to deploy Russian border guards along the entire Armenian-Azerbaijani border, TASS reported.

"Contacts with Yerevan continue, I have nothing more to add," Peskov replied, when asked what the Kremlin’s view of Pashinyan’s initiative was.

Separately, Peskov said Moscow has contributed significant efforts towards reinstating the ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, and work here is still marching on.

"Yesterday, the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border worsened. You know that Russia’s representatives made major efforts to restore the ceasefire. This work is continuing, and Russia is carrying on its contacts with Yerevan and Baku in order to ensure the full implementation of the trilateral agreements," he explained.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, Pashinyan proposed deployment of CSTO observers along the entire Armenian-Azerbaijani border to monitor the situation.

“I believe that a possible solution to the deadlock might be the deployment of a CSTO observer mission along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, which is provided for by the CSTO regulations. If such a mission proves to be impossible within the CSTO framework, there may be other acceptable international formats, including the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship,” he said.

“Given the current situation, I feel that it makes sense to consider the deployment of Russian border guard posts along the entire Armenian-Azerbaijani border, which would allow for demarcation and delimitation work without the risk of armed clashes. We are going to discuss this issue with our Russian colleagues,” Pashinyan noted.

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