"I did have a detailed discussion with the Armenian government, with the Armenian Prime Minister about the situation and the importance of working to make progress in a possible peace agreement," said European Council President Charles Michel at a joint press conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in response to the question "what can the European Union do to persuade Armenia to start negotiations on a peace agreement?"
"I had such an opportunity and we had very concrete and clear discussions. We talked about what elements we should take into account to ensure more stability and security in the region.
I also had the opportunity to deliver messages to the President of Azerbaijan. I told both the President of Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia that the European Union was ready to play as positive and constructive a role as possible. Of course, we respect the role played by the Minsk Group. However, this does not mean that it is impossible for the European Union to provide certain expert knowledge, support and ideas, and to support certain possible progress to ensure greater stability, security and lasting peace in the region," added Euroopean Council President.