Baku, Azerbaijan, May 5
Russia hopes that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sides will avoid the steps that may disrupt a quite fragile truce, RIA Novosti quoted the Russian president's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, as saying May 5.
Peskov said the issue of recognition of "independence of Nagorno-Karabakh" by Armenia has not been discussed with Moscow.
"We are closely watching the decisions being made in this context," said Peskov. "Of course, we continue to hope that the conflict parties will avoid any steps that may disrupt a quite fragile truce and in general trigger the escalation of tension in Nagorno-Karabakh."
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.