Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be discussed during Armenian FM’s visit to Moscow
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 24 / Trend, E. Tariverdiyeva /
Issues surrounding the assurance of security and stability in the South Caucasus, including the problems of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement are planned to be discussed during Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian's visit to Moscow, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said in an interview with RIA Novosti today.
"We believe that the close coordination of foreign policy actions with Yerevan at the regional level contributes to improving the political situation in the region," Lukashevich said in an interview in connection with Nalbandian's forthcoming official visit to Russia.
A wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, international and regional policy are planned to be discussed during the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Lukashevich said.
The Armenian delegation plans to meet with the leadership of the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, he said.
He stressed that Nalbandian will address the professors, teachers and listeners of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"Besides the intensive high-level dialogue, Russia and Armenia maintain active, interdepartmental and inter-parliamentary contacts and relations through the regions. The bilateral legal framework is being improved."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.