Azerbaijan's position has always been immensely constructive, and the Lachin corridor is part of the basic principles, Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev said in his interview with the Russian News Agency called TACC.
To the question if Azerbaijan shows readiness to start the conflict regulation process by ceding the Lachin corridor to Armenia and gradually recovering seven districts before the final resolution of the Karabakh issue, Aliyev responded:
"Following the basic principles, all passageways and connecting roads, and not only the Lachin corridor are opening; communication is also set to be restored between the main section of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Republic. The Armenian side has been obliged to provide security guarantees. Similarly, communication is intended be restored at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Armenia's unrestricted access to the territory of the Russian Federation has also been presumed. It is true that Armenia already enjoys this possibility, but via Azerbaijan, this is much more convenient and does not depend on weather conditions.
All this has been included in the compromise package, which involves the de-occupation of Azerbaijan's territory, the return of Azerbaijani refugees to their land, not only in the said seven districts but also throughout the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where before the eruption of the conflict, 25% were Azerbaijanis, and also unrestricted movement of residents of Karabakh and Armenia via the Lachin corridor. We once again reaffirm this position of ours."