Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
It is important to achieve a settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict once and for all, and Russia will continue its assistance in this issue, RIA Novosti quoted Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying May 20.
The issue was discussed during a meeting between Medvedev and Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan.
Moscow welcomes the recent meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents and the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group on maintaining the dialogue in order to prevent incidents in the future, said the Russian PM.
Medvedev also stressed the importance of moving towards a more sustainable peace in the region.
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.