Russian, EU officials mull Nagorno-Karabakh issue
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 14 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
State Secretary - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has today received European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Philippe Lefort upon the latter's request, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
The sides exchanged views on the South Caucasian issues, including the EU co-chairing at the Geneva discussions. The meeting also mulled the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the report reads.
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 and the surrounding regions.