Russian, Turkish FMs to mull situation in Transcaucasia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 24
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:
Russian and Turkish foreign ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu will hold talks on the situation in the Transcaucasia, said Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova.
She made the remarks at a briefing Nov. 24, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
“The meeting of Lavrov and Cavusoglu will be held in the Turkish city of Alanya in early December,” Zakharova said.
Earlier, Cavusoglu said Lavrov is expected to visit Turkey on December 1.
Zakharova added that Lavrov and Cavusoglu will discuss the preparation for the High-Level Russia-Turkey Cooperation Council, to be held in early 2017.
Lavrov told reporters in Yerevan in October that Turkey can play a positive role in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh 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.