Roman Grishenin: We anxiously and brokenheartedly follow development of the Armenian-Azerbaijani crisis

20 July 2016

Newspaper Iravunk has interviewed Deputy Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and well-known Russian political scientist Roman Grishenin. During the interview, issues related to a current stage of resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and relations between Russia and Turkey, Russia and the EU have been discussed.


- US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick stated that the US, Russia and France were committed to organizing the next meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh in the near future. In your opinion, what can we expect fr om that meeting?

I believe that no matter how tense the relations are now between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the fact of developing a permanently functioning mechanism of implementation of a negotiation process is very valuable. I am sure that this process should be “multilayered”: it should include activities within the framework of the Minsk Group and meetings of the heads of states as well as meetings of experts and representatives of the civil society. This being said, I would like to mention that the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, wh ere I work, is ready to provide, if needed, any assistance in arranging expert meetings both in the bilateral format Yerevan – Baku and with participation of representatives of other countries, who are really interested in the fastest resolution of the conflict.


In addition to that, a breakthrough in the resolution of the conflict at the next meeting of the leaders is not expected, though, personally, I very much hope for it: wounds and insults caused by the parties to each other are still very deep.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here