Putin reiterates adherence to peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict

Putin reiterates adherence to peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had a telephone talk with Azerbaijani counterpart Ilkham Aliyev on Monday, June 23 to discuss regional issues, including the Nagorno Karabakh settlement.

“Russia said it was ready to contribute to resolving the Karabakh issue,” the Kremlin press service said. “Russia favors the dialogue between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents,” Russia’s Foreign Minister said earlier on Monday, according to ITAR-TASS.

“We’ll help find solutions to the remaining unsettled issues,” Sergei Lavrov said at the joint news conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan.

“Now it is necessary to coordinate the parameters of the Nagorno Karabakh settlement in compliance with the statements, made by the Russian, U.S. and French presidents in the last 4-5 years,” Lavrov said.

“Consistent steps should be taken to continue the work of the OSCE Minsk Group,” he said.

“Russia will do its best to continue the dialogue between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents,” Lavrov said, noting that the effectiveness of Karabakh talks depends on the regularity of the presidential meetings.

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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