Assistance in talks on Karabakh conflict – among Russia’s foreign policy priorities, Lavrov says (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25
Assistance in the negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the priorities of Russia's foreign policy, Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister said, Russia 24 TV channel reported.
He made the remarks during the final press conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Moscow.
"Russia will continue its assistance in the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," said Lavrov.
Russia will actively continue assisting in finding mutually acceptable agreements on the conflict both through the bilateral channels and OSCE Minsk Group in which Russia is a co-chairing country, the foreign minister added.
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.