At a meeting in Moscow today, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Russia continued the discussions on the escalation of situation in the Karabakh conflict zone.
Edward Nalbandian underlined that “the large-scale military actions unleashed by Azerbaijan have struck a serious blow to the negotiation process on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict and the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group. According to him, urgent practical steps are needed for stabilizing the situation.
Sergey Lavrov noted, in turn, that from the very start of the escalation Russia has been taking efforts to cease the fire. He said the use of force in the Karabakh conflict zone is unacceptable and attached importance to the maintenance of the agreement on ceasefire. He emphasized the need to exclude the reoccurrence of the situation, and stressed the importance of creating conditions for the continuation of the negotiation process under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
The Armenian and Russian Foreign Minister stressed the importance of implementation of the proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group towards the reinforcement of the ceasefire regime.
Sergey Lavrov informed Edward Nalbandian about the results of the Russian-Azerbaijani talks in Baku.
The Ministers referred to issues on Armenian-Russian and international agenda. They discussed the situation in the Middle East, protection of minorities, especially Christians, the efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorism.