Rinkēvičs hopes Armenia and Azerbaijan will return to negotiations

"I would like to hope that Armenia and Azerbaijan will return to a political solution in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (“New Unity”) in an interview to Latvian Television  September 28.

“The international community – all ministries and heads of countries – have called for a return to a dialogue situation. This is the sharpest conflict since the 90s. It is clear that there is currently an active emotional phase in which it is difficult to determine who has invested more in the conflict and who less,” said Rinkēvičs.

Therefore, there are calls to de-escalate the situation and to sit down for negotiation. Rinkēvičs pointed out that such conflicts are referred to as “frozen”. “There is a ceasefire, an outbreak, then soldiers and civilians fall. Then we all call on them again, condemn, but structurally, be it Karabakh or Transnistria, there is nothing going on,” the Minister said.

Rinkēvičs stressed that there are big players who want to keep the current situation. "While there is peace, other countries' problems are in the news. Unfortunately, it is much easier to create these conflicts than to resolve them,” said the Minister.

The Latvian Foreign Minister said that Russia played a rather serious role in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. “It is disappointing that Russia supplies weapons to both countries. We do not see [Russia's] desire to address the situation,” said Rinkēvičs.

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