Russia’s Foreign Ministry clarifies info about Karabakh discussions (UPDATE)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 19 April 2016 17:20 (UTC +04:00)

Headline changed, details added (first version posted on 15:26)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 19

By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed between the Russian and Armenian foreign ministers in Yerevan, Mariya Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, told Trend Apr. 19.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is not expected to visit Baku soon, according to Zakharova.

Earlier, speaking at a press center in Moscow, she said the work continues to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and talks are underway for finding compromises.

On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers.

The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.

Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides,
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.

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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.