Meeting with American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group Robert Bradtke
On 17 January President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan received American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group Robert Bradtke and accompanying him officials who arrived in Stepanakert on the same day. Issues related to the current stage and prospects of the Azerbaijani-Karabagh conflict settlement were discussed at the meeting. President Sahakyan underlined that the position of official Stepanakert on the settlement of relations with Azerbaijan remains unchanged. The conflict cannot be settled in the absence of a direct dialogue between Azerbaijan and Artsakh. Within this context the Head of the State noted that Azerbaijan should refuse from non-constructive and aggressive approaches. At the same time the President underlined that independence and security of Artsakh are not subjects to any speculations and any attempt to ignore this will make impossible comprehensive settlement of the conflict. Robert Bradtke in his turn underlined that any scenario of military solution of the conflict is absolutely unacceptable. The Armenian-Turkish relations were discussed at the meeting too. It was mentioned that the Armenian-Turkish and Azerbaijani-Karabagh relations were separate and unrelated processes.