The European Union will receive on Tuesday in the Belgian capital Brussels Hikmet Hajiyev, adviser to the Azerbaijani President and Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan, to discuss developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, at a time when the Armenian population in the region continues to flow towards Armenian territory.
According to the Armenian News Agency (Armenia), citing the Armenian Security Council, the meeting will be attended by advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Council President Charles Michel.
The meeting in Brussels will discuss the arrangements for the upcoming meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the fifth of October / Granada, Spain.
Brussels hosted a trilateral meeting on May 14 between Aliyev, Pashinyan and Michel.
On the first of June, a five-way meeting, in which Macron and Schultz also participated, was held on the sidelines of the European Political Community summit in Moldova.
This comes as diplomatic efforts dominated developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, where USAID Administrator Samantha Power met with Armenian Prime Minister in Yerevan and stressed the need for a ceasefire to continue in Karabakh and for the exit of those who wish to live in the region.
Power said she would meet displaced Karabakh Armenians who have suffered from the humanitarian crisis in the region.
On Monday, a high-level US delegation arrived in the Armenian capital Yerevan to discuss developments in the Karabakh region. In addition to Power, the delegation includes U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Yuri Kim.
The US delegation conveyed a message from President Joe Biden to Pashinyan in which he affirmed Washington's support for "Armenia's efforts to achieve its sovereignty and territorial integrity," stressing the continued strengthening of cooperation with Yerevan in the fields of security, energy and humanitarian issues.
Pashinyan said that what he called the path of ethnic cleansing of the Armenians of Karabakh continues tragically and that his country tried to prevent things from reaching the status quo but did not find a listening ear.
The Armenian Prime Minister stressed the need to take explicit steps to prevent further escalation of the situation.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (left) was received by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Anatolia)
Positions and efforts
In the context of US positions, the United States declared that Russia had shown itself to be an unreliable partner after Armenia blamed Moscow for failing to prevent Azerbaijani forces from taking control of Nagorno-Karabakh.
State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters: "Russia has shown that it cannot be relied upon as a security partner."
Two days ago, Pashinyan criticized Moscow for refusing to intervene in the conflict, which ended with Armenian-backed separatists agreeing to lay down their arms.
In contrast, the Kremlin announced its rejection of what it called an attempt to blame Moscow and Russian peacekeepers for the situation in Karabakh.
The Kremlin said it was not currently possible to say how long Russian peacekeepers would stay in Karabakh.
He added that Russia rejects the efforts of countries that do not have the possibility of mediation in Karabakh to assert their presence in the region.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Armenian prime minister's speech on independence contained unacceptable words about Russia, and noted that Pashinyan with his anti-Moscow statements is trying to evade responsibility for his failures in domestic and foreign policies, blaming Moscow.
Support and displacement
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Azerbaijan, where he stressed that his country's relations with Baku are at their highest level, and that the Azerbaijani authorities carried out a successful operation on what he described as terrorism in Karabakh without inflicting civilian casualties.
"Azerbaijan's victory in Karabakh enhances the chances of normalizing relations in the region," Erdogan said, calling on Armenia to seize the opportunity of stability and peace in the region.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said his country had completed a successful security operation in Karabakh and achieved full security on its borders.
This comes at a time when the Armenians of the region continue to move towards Armenian territory following the recent agreement between them and the Azerbaijani authorities.
The number of Karabakh residents who crossed the Lachin corridor into Armenia rose to about 7,24 in <> hours, and the mass exodus is expected to continue by the thousands in the coming days at a time when Armenians of Karabakh and the Yerevan government accuse Azerbaijani authorities of pursuing a policy of ethnic cleansing.