Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan announced that the planned meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian in the Belgian capital Brussels this month was cancelled following Baku's decision to withdraw.
"Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev could not find time to meet with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian. We are always ready to meet, I hope Baku's problem is really time," Mirzoyan said.
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met on October 23 in the Iranian capital Tehran with the participation of their counterparts from Iran, Russia, and Türkiye. This meeting was the first meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia after Azerbaijan's military operation in Karabakh.
Making a statement there, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that the conflict between the two countries had been largely resolved.
Pashinian also stated on October 17 that Armenia was ready to sign a peace treaty with Azerbaijan by the end of 2023 and that Armenia would guarantee the security of all Azerbaijani citizens on its territory.
During his visit to Kyrgyzstan on October 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke about Armenia-Azerbaijan relations, evaluated Azerbaijan's Karabakh operation, and expressed readiness to host peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow.
The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry announced on September 19 that they had launched a military operation in Karabakh, and the administration in Karabakh called the “Artsakh Republic” but not recognized by Azerbaijan, announced a day later that they had accepted a ceasefire under the mediation of Russian peacekeepers.
Following the ceasefire, two meetings were held between Azerbaijani and Karabakh Armenian representatives in Azerbaijan and Karabakh, and the administration in Karabakh made a statement on September 28 and announced that the administration would cease to exist as of January 1, 2024.