Moscow, Russia, May 26
By Orkhan Yolchuyev - Trend:
Russia continues the work as part of the OSCE Minsk Group and keeps in contact with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sides, said Mariya Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson, Trend's correspondent reported.
"We are quite active in this work," she said. "We are quite constructive in this issue."
Zakharova also said Russia is working to help the parties to reach a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
She added that Russia actively works with its Western colleagues interested in the conflict's settlement.
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.