The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has all chances to be solved in a near historical prospect, and Russia is ready to do best for this, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during press conference in Baku held jointly with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani state television AzTV reported.
He added that the conflict can be resolved only based on the international law, and the most important is that the sides - Azerbaijan and Armenia are ready to consider all matters, which gives a hope for a solution to this long conflict.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan supports the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of UN resolutions.
The question of self-determination of peoples can be resolved within territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev said to press conference.
"We were able to make several steps forward, and there are many expectations that the conflict will be resolved," said Aliyev.
He added that despite signing a ceasefire agreement in 1994, the conflict still remains unresolved, but now there are more hopes for its solution than before.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.