Details of meeting between Azerbaijani, Russian FMs revealed (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
The details of meeting between Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have been revealed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Azerbaijan in early April, a diplomatic source told Trend.
Earlier, a source in Russian Foreign Ministry said that the meeting of the ministers will be held in Moscow.
During the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Mammadyarov will discuss the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to the source.
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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Moreover, implementation of the North-South project is also on the agenda of discussions between Mammadyarov and Lavrov.
The North-South railway corridor which runs from India to Helsinki (Finland) is one of the important routes for Azerbaijan.
It is quite a long route (approximately 5,000 kilometers) which also runs through Azerbaijan.
The annual cargo transit from Iran to Russia through Azerbaijan is around 10 million tons, while this figure nears 25 million tons between Europe and India.
The major part of cargo is transported via the sea, which takes 45-60 days. Therefore, cargo shipment through Azerbaijan's territory is more suitable and this route is the most optimal one.
The North-South railway will link Northern Europe with South-Eastern Asia. It will serve as a link for connecting the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.