Georgia Helped to Bring Back 15 Armenian Prisoners from Azerbaijan

On June 12, an important event took place in the east of the Black sea, namely in the Caucasus region. With the active facilitation of the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili and the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker, the Azerbaijani side released 15 Armenian captives detained during the conflict and returned them to their families through the territory of Georgia. With the active involvement of Georgia, the Armenian side handed over important materials to the Azerbaijani side about the mined territories.

Russia was always considering and still considers the South Caucasus region as its own backyard and tries to adjust to the role of a peacekeeper in any conflict, which always ends with the strengthening of the Kremlin's position. This is what happened during the last Armenian-Azerbaijani war. After the war Russia deployed more “peacekeepers” in Nagorno-Karabakh, strengthened its military positions , around the only ally of the west in the region – Georgia. The case is important because Russia's attempt to keep the involvement of the West and its allies in the region to a minimum or not at all has simply failed.

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry and spokesperson to prime minister of Armenia underlined the support of the Georgian Government and Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili for the implementation of the deal. It was also said that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker, European Council President Charles Michel, and the Swedish Chairmanship of the OSCE contributed to the process.

Welcoming the release of Armenian detainees, U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said “We’re grateful to the Government of Georgia for its vital role facilitating discussions between the sides. Such steps will bring the people of the region closer to the peaceful future they deserve.”

President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili said, “Georgia is back on its historic mediator role, U.S. and EU are back in the Caucasus, building confidence is the path to lasting peace.”

Spanish, French, Polish, Swedish, Argentinian and Turkish influential press and media wrote about the agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The materials mention Georgia's positive and important position in the agreement process.

Written by Giorgi Germesashvili