YEREVAN (Lrakir)–The US co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza–who is scheduled to visit Armenia on July 29–will also go to Stepanakert–the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic press service announced Thursday.
The press service reported that Bryza will meet with Karabakh President Arkady Ghoukassian.
Bryza’s visit to Stepanakert marks a turning point in the OSCE Minsk Group peace process–since during past several years–visiting co-chairmen have side-stepped visiting Karabakh.
"One should not place big hopes OSCE Minsk Group’s US Co-chair Matthew Bryza’s visit to the region," Russia’s charge d’affaires in Azerbaijan Peter Burdikin said.
He said Bryza’s visit to the region may be useful only from the standpoint of assessing the situation by the new appointee.
"It would not be unlikely that a new meeting between the Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers be organized upon completion of the visit," he said.