Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has held talks with his Armenian counterpart near Moscow.
But this was no walk in the park for either leader – both are embroiled in a complex political situation. Armenia wants to normalise relations with its neighbour, Turkey, which experts say could upset the balance of political and economic power in the east Caucasus. “Lately several important steps have been taken. My latest contact, today’s meeting with Serge Sarksyan and a recent meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, confirm that both countries are ready to act constructively to solve this very complicated problem.” Mevedev told reporters. Turkey shut its frontier with Armenia sixteen years ago in solidarity with Muslim Azerbaijan over its dispute with ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan is potentially a key supplier of oil and gas to the West via Turkey. Diplomats fear Baku may choose to offer its supplies to Russia for re-export if relations with Turkey take a turn for the worse.