Azerbaijani, Armenian presidents to meet during race for President of Russian Federation: ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan intend to conduct next talks on Karabakh settlement in mid. of July within traditional race for president of the Russian Federation, Russia's ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin told media on July 2.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
"Russia hopes for constructive position of sides," ambassador said.