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Washington does not want Russia to strengthen in South Caucasus

2011-09-16 13:45

Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasian Affairs of the U.S. Defense Department Jennifer Walsh said that Russia should not have a privileged position in the South Caucasus region.

According to Day.az, Walsh, at the conference in Washington marking the 20th anniversary of independence of South Caucasian countries, emphasized that Washington does not want Russia to have any special preferences in relation to other countries of the conference marking the 20th anniversary of the independence of the South Caucasus. "We disagree with this position of Russia" - she said.

Walsh added that the U.S. respect the aspiration of Georgia to join NATO and the desire of Baku to cooperate with the Alliance. She also said that Washington would make every effort to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Note that not so long ago, a telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and the United States - Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama took place, during which they discussed questions of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "As the heads of the states co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama exchanged their views on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict" - noted the press service of the Kremlin.

In particular, the head of the U.S. has praised the efforts of his Russian colleagues in this issue, in particular, during a recent meeting with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Kazan.

Both sides, Russian and the U.S., have confirmed their intention to continue to take steps to promote a peaceful settlement of problems between Baku and Yerevan.

Recall, the conflict between the two South Caucasus countries appeared in 1988.

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