Karabakh conflict’s settlement not to bring unpleasant surprises, says Russia

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 14 July 2016 18:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 14

By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:

Results of settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will not bring any unpleasant surprises, said Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova July 14.

Zakharova made the remarks during a briefing July 14, said a message posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

The main thing is the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, she said.
Zakharova added that it is necessary to exclude the potential for new bloodshed and new victims.

Commenting on the visit of Turkey’s foreign minister to Baku on July 15 for discussions on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Zakharova noted that any constructive contribution to the process will benefit 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.