Armenia is ready to sign a peace treaty and settle relations with Azerbaijan by the end of the year. This was stated by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during a speech in the European Parliament, Radio Azatutyun reports.
Pashinyan emphasized that Yerevan is ready for a peace treaty that reflects the principles of mutual recognition of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries, and also provides for the opening of transport communications based on the principles of the sovereignty of the countries through which they pass.
"We are ready to ensure the safe passage of Azerbaijani citizens and cargo through our territory, hoping for reciprocity. We are ready for a mirror withdrawal of troops from the 1991 border line, which means that Azerbaijan will not have troops on any part of Armenia's territory, and Armenia will not have troops on the territory of Azerbaijan," News.am quoted the prime minister as saying.
In particular, according to the prime minister, the Armenian side is ready to open the Meghryn railway, but not as an extraterritorial corridor.
Pashinyan also expressed fears that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev could use the issue of the so-called corridor as a pretext for a new attack on Armenia and the seizure of territories.
The prime minister emphasized that Armenia's formal allies have not helped in solving the security problems of Armenia and the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh.
He also emphasized that the Republic of Armenia is ready to be closer to the European Union: "As much as the European Union considers it possible."