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Lavrov mulls humanitarian issues on Karabakh with his Armenian counterpart

08:34, 19 January 2021
Sergey Lavrov Photo: MFA Russia/via

Foreign Ministers of Russia and Armenia Sergey Lavrov and Ara Ayvazyan have considered the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call. They discussed the resolution of humanitarian issues and the establishment of cooperation.

Discussions continued on the implementation of the statement of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia dated November 9, 2020, the agreements reached at the Moscow summit on January 11, 2021, including in the context of resolving humanitarian issues and establishing multilateral cooperation in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov said earlier that Russia has never considered and is not considering incorporating the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh into Russia.

He added that the trilateral agreement between the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, signed in November, does not explicitly spell out the status of the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh since the positions of the countries on this issue are fundamentally different. The OSCE Minsk Group will later decide the case of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed on September 27. Baku launched a counter-offensive operation that lasted six weeks. On the night of November 10, Aliyev, Putin and Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the conditions for ending the armed conflict. Under the terms of the document, the two armies remained in their places. Russia deployed its peacekeepers to the region to monitor compliance with the ceasefire.

On January 11, Putin, Aliyev, and Pashinyan held a meeting in Moscow, and the politicians discussed a peace agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh. During the dialogue, Putin expressed confidence that the implementation of the Karabakh agreement in Moscow would benefit the Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples, the region as a whole, and therefore Russia’s interests. The Russian leader also said that the terms of the peace agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh are being respected, and there are currently no serious incidents. He expressed his satisfaction that the bloodshed was stopped.