Moscow concerned about sharp deterioration of situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

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Moscow urges the sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to renounce the use of force and to take measures to stabilize the situation in the region, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department under the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on August 2, ITAR-TASS reported.

"We express our concern over the sharp aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which resulted in huge casualties," she added. "We express deep condolences to the bereaved families."

"We consider the recent events as a serious violation of the ceasefire and voiced intentions to reach a settlement by political means," she added. "Further escalation is unacceptable."

"The Russian Foreign Ministry urges all sides to renounce the use of force and to take immediate measures to stabilize the situation," she said.

Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.

According to the Azerbaijani defense ministry, the effort was revealed and prevented in time, by Azerbaijani armed forces.

Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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