Russia hopes for Armenia-Turkey reconciliation

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday he hoped Turkey and Armenia would be able to restore full-fledged relations. “

“We are closely watching the development of relations [between Ankara and Yerevan] and hope the positive momentum gained after the signing of relevant documents in Zurich will go on,” Medvedev told a news conference after his talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Although, Medvedev noted, “the process of mending relations between the two countries is not easy and find different response in Turkey and Armenia.”

According to the Russian President, the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations will undoubtedly contribute to the stabilization of situation in the rgion, the active development of economic ties. “We welcome the process and will be closely watching the developments,” he said.

“Encouraging steps have recently been taken to settle the Nagorno Karabakh pissue,” Medvedev noted. “The sides are holding meetings, are speaking with each other, certain progress has been reached on a number of issues, but it does not mean all issues have been agreed upon. I personally offered the two presidents my intermediary services.Naturally, other members of the OSCE Minsk Group should make their contributions, but all the issues should be discussed by the conflicting sides first.”

A trilateral meeting of the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers is expected soon. The sides will discuss Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

"The Foreign Ministers of the countries meet regularly and we will continue the meetings of the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers in thenear future,” the Russian President said, ITAR-TASS reports.

Public Radio of Armenia