Russia will not place peacekeepers in Nagorno Karabakh, Speaker of the Russian Federation Council of the Federal Assembly Sergei Mironov said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station. This is a problem between Azerbaijan and Armenia, he stressed.
"There is an interesting format where the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders can meet in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. I hope the format will continue," Mironov said. Russia plays a positive role in this negotiation, he added.
According to Mironov, Moscow is prepared to guarantee compliance with these agreements once the parties agree.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.