Russia, Moscow / Тrend corr R. Agayev / There are no differences between Russia and the United States within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said at a press conference dedicated to the prospects of relationships between Russia and the United States in Moscow on 8 November. He preferred to keep anonymity.
"We believe the OSCE Minks Group is a very useful mechanism and there are no deep differences between Russia and the United States," he said.
According to the Russian diplomat, it has been repeatedly said that settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a priority both for Russia and the United States. "When the Minks Group met in Florida we were on the verge of a break-throw," he said.
The main thing for the time being is to promote creation of political conditions for concrete steps in the settlement. Russia considers direct contacts between Azerbaijani and Armenian administration are necessary for this purpose. "But it is quite true that presently the Minsk Group is completely inactive. It requires some impetus, also from the two conflicting sides," he said.