If Azerbaijan denies peace talks, Armenia could recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armen Sarkisyan, the Armenian President said so in the interview with Kommersant.
"That is, misrecognition of independence by Armenia is only related to the fact that the Armenian side wants to solve the issue by the way of peace talks. This is a sort of a tunnel... If there's light at the end of the tunnel - the light of ultimate solution to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh - then one can wait for some more," Sarkisyan said.
According to him, if it becomes clear that Azerbaijan does not agree on the talks, the Armenian side will recognize the independence of the disputed region. Sarkisyan reminded that the Supreme Council of Armenia supported the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
However, when the sides agreed on a ceasefire in the region in 1994, Yerevan suspended the process of recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh so as to avoid complications in the procedure of the solution of the conflict.
Meanwhile, Azeri leader Ilham Aliev claimed his country would never recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.