Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev opened a meeting with the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, ITAR-TASS reported. The resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh was the main theme of the discussions, the Kremlin's press service reported.
Today marks the fifth such meeting. The first meeting took place in Barvikh Nov. 2, 2008, the second in St. Petersburg June 4, 2009 at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the third in Moscow July 18, 2009 and the fourth in Chisinau Oct. 9, 2009 at a CIS summit.
At the end of the first trilateral meeting in Barvikh, the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia signed a declaration confirming their aim to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of international law and support for the OSCE Minsk Group's mediation efforts.
The Minsk Group was founded in 1992 to resolve the conflict within the OSCE by 12 states, including Russia, the U.S., France, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Turkey and the OSCE Troika at the time - Greece, Kazakhstan, Lithuania. Three states including the U.S., Russia and France have acted as co-chairmen of the group since 1997.