Russian Deputy FM discussed cooperation with U.S. on Karabakh settlement in Washington
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on Thursday discussed with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the issues related to the problems of South Caucasus, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, reports RIA "Novosti" with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry website.
"Sides discussed topical issues in Russian-American cooperation, including on the South Caucasus and Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict" - said in a statement.
In addition, other international topics of common interest were discussedat the meeting.
On the eve Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the final press conference said that Russia intends to continue his mediation efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh.
The closest three-way meeting between the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will be held January 23 in Sochi.
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.