Russian FM set to visit Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Baku the next week, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
Mammadyarov made the remarks at a joint press conference with the OSCE Chairperson-in Office and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier June 30 in Baku.
He said the issue on holding the next presidential meeting on Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will depend on Lavrov’s visit.
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.