Azerbaijan’s Aliyev offered money for Karabakh, says Belarus’ Lukashenko

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev had offered money for Karabakh if Armenia agreed to settle the conflict peacefully. The statement came from President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Lukashenko paid a visit to Baku, on Tuesday and Wednesday, where he held talks with Aliyev. Following their meeting, the two presidents answered reporters’ questions. On Wednesday, an excerpt was shown on the state-run Belarus 1 television.

“Of course, when I am not president, I will say very good things about how Ilham Heydarovich [Aliyev] proposed to the Armenian people and the leadership of Armenia to resolve this conflict. Yesterday he told me. ‘Listen, pass it on to the Armenians; you have good relations with them. I am ready to restore not only Karabakh, but also Armenia. I will not specify the amount of money I am willing to pay immediately. Pass it on to them so that that they resolve this issue peacefully,’” Lukashenko said quoting Aliyev.

“This is the first time I talk about it today. Something like that happened. However, the former leadership of Armenia, before [incumbent PM] Pashinyan, rejected the offer,” the Belarusian president added.

Also, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that at the time of their conversation, the price of oil had exceeded US$100 per barrel.