Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk.
According to the government, the Prime Minister welcomed Mr. Overchuk’s visit to Armenia, noting that it was a good opportunity to discuss the current agenda. “I would like to note that I highly appreciate the work of the trilateral working commission chaired by the Deputy Prime Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. I hope that we will finally be able to reach concrete solutions.
I would like to say the following in this regard. Armenia is committed to the statements of November 9 and January 11, which refer to the unblocking of all transport and economic ties in the region. But I would like to emphasize that the statements made by Azerbaijan regarding the corridors have a negative impact on the efficiency of our work, especially considering that our trilateral statements do not mention the corridors.
My impression is that Azerbaijan is trying to impose its perceptions on the commission, which, of course, is unacceptable for us. I would like to reaffirm that Armenia is interested in opening and unblocking regional transport and economic infrastructure. I have repeatedly stated publicly that we are ready to go to concrete solutions, the essence of which should be the following. Armenia should receive road-rail communication routes through Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan should receive rail-road communication routes through Armenia, including connecting Azerbaijan to the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic.
Our documents speak about the unblocking of economic and transport infrastructures, our position is this, what do we offer? The railways that existed during the Soviet era must be restored; the highways that existed during the Soviet era, including those connecting the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic with Azerbaijan, must also be restored.
We are ready to go for such solutions. We have concrete proposals, it should be emphasized that according to the January 11 statement, we have talked about it many times, we should also negotiate on customs control, phytosanitary control, border control and other possible types of control. This is what is stated in our announcements of November 9, 2020 վարի January 11, 2021. I want to confirm once again that Armenia is interested, ready, we hope that in the near future we will be able to come to concrete solutions to these issues. “We are constructive,” said Prime Minister Pashinyan.
Alexei Overchuk thanked the Prime Minister for the meeting and for highly assessing the activities of the working group of the Deputy Prime Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.
“We are really working with the mandate that you have given to the leaders of our countries in the framework of the announcements of November 9-10, 2020 and January 11, 2021. I would like to note that we are always in touch with our colleagues and deputy prime ministers. We held 8 meetings, 4 of which were in the current mode, the other four were on video.
At the same time, we talk on the phone almost every day, discussing different options in order to find more optimal, more acceptable routes for all parties. You know that road construction experts also worked on the roads. Today we have a very good idea of what the roads really look like. Based on these data, after the 8th session of the joint working group held on October 22, it seems to us that we will reach concrete solutions. They are based primarily on the fact that the sovereignty over the roads is exercised by the countries through which they pass.
You mentioned that it is also in the announcements that all kinds of controls will be carried out. We agreed that such control should be carried out on an equal footing, and we also discussed, including how and where to start unblocking automotive infrastructure. “We want to discuss it with you today and think about how to move forward,” said Alexei Overchuk.