Russia pays close attention to Karabakh conflict settlement (UPDATE)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 15 February 2018 18:59 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 17:45)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15

By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:

Russia pays close attention to settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Feb. 15.

"We hope the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved and we pay close attention to this process,” she said. “The main thing is that we are actively participating in the work on implementation of all that was outlined by the sides."

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.