Russia urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to avoid escalation of tension (UPDATE)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.13

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Russia has urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid steps that lead to escalation of tension, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said at a press conference on Nov.13, TASS news agency reported.

"We are extremely concerned about the incident in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, which resulted in loss of lives," he said. "Russia's position has been reflected in the statement of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs dated Nov.12."

"We remind the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan of their responsibility in the implementation of commitments to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, which they undertook at the meetings in Sochi, New Port and Paris," Lukashevich added.

Jointly with other co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group, Russia will continue its concerted efforts to assist the sides in the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

On Nov. 12, at 13:45 (UTC/GMT +4 hours), an Armenian Mi-24 helicopter flying 1,700 meters northeast of the Kengerli village of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district attacked the Azerbaijani army positions.

The helicopter was shot down by the Azerbaijani side. The wreckage of the downed helicopter fell on an area, located 500 meters away from the frontline.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

Translated by LZ

Edited by SI

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