Azerbaijan, Baku, March 26 / Trend /
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia
Alexander Grushko, Director of the Policy Unit of the General Council Secretariat of EU Helga Schmid and director-general at the European Commission's external relations department Joao Almeida discussed the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Brussels March 25, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
Also during the meeting they discussed a wide range of issues: the partnership for modernization, the course of negotiations on a new basic agreement of the EU and
Russia, the prospects for introducing visa-free regime between the EU and Russia, as well as other actual issues of cooperation between Russia and the EU.
The sides exchanged opinions on actual international issues, including the situation in the BWM, the process of the Geneva discussions, the situation in Sudan and around it and so on. Special attention was paid to issues of strengthening security and stability in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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