Russia making major efforts to settle Karabakh conflict: diplomat

Russia making major efforts to settle Karabakh conflict: diplomat

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russia is making colossal efforts to settle the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists in Yerevan on Monday, July 4.

"A pretty urgent issue faces Armenia and Armenian people now – settlement in Nagorno Karabakh," TASS cited Zakharova as saying.

"That’s why (Russian Foreign Minister) Sergey Lavrov is holding bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) Foreign Ministers Council session.”

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azeri leader Ilham Aliyev met on June 20 in Saint Petersburg to address the conflict, with Russian President Vladimir Putin mediating the talks. The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents confirmed their commitment to the implementation of agreements reached at a Vienna-hosted meeting on May 16. To that end, they have agreed to increase the number of international observers in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone. Also, they expressed satisfaction that the ceasefire was now holding.

Prior to that, a meeting between both leaders was organized on May 16 in Vienna, with top diplomats from the MG co-chairing countries hosting the summit.

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