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There is no reason to be optimistic about Armenian-Azerbaijani relations, Armenian President, presidential candidate from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said during the Jan 29 meeting with the residents of Noyemberyan.
"We have repeatedly seen Azeri President Ilham Aliyev's statements in the mass media, who says that Armenia is in the historical lands of Azerbaijan. And this is the statement of the leader of a state that has only a 100-year-old history. In this situation it is hard to speak of a possible constructive dialogue. And if the talks lack a constructive approach, the problem will get no solution", Sargsyan stressed.
"Probably, the tension will escalate in the course of time or, on the contrary, the situation may change for the better, but now one should not expect more", he said. In the meantime, Serzh Sargsyan called on the residents of Noyemberyan not to worry about the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. "Certainly, we all would like to have a neighbor we have good relations with, and we'd also like our army to suffer no losses", he said.
Sargsyan added that he would like to reduce the army for several times, and to direct the funds being spent on the armed forces to other spheres, but there is no such an opportunity yet.