Medvedev says he has own view of events in Karabakh region
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he already has his own view of the course of events in Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, as well as of what must be done, RIA Novosti reported.
Medvedev visited Yerevan and Baku April 7-8, where he discussed ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the leadership of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"I already have my own view of how events were developing, and most importantly, what's needed to be done," he said.
He went on to add he had repeatedly discussed this issue with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Medvedev added that there were a lot of meetings in the previous periods, followed by meetings with participation of Russian President Putin, minister Lavrov and others.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.
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.