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Lavrov says no plans to incorporate Karabakh into Russia

15:11, 18 January 2021 25
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Russia has never considered and is not considering the possibility of incorporating the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh into Russia, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He stressed that Moscow's main task in the region is to contribute to settling the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and achieving stability in the area.

As for the exotic proposal to incorporate Nagorno-Karabakh into the Russian Federation. As I understand it, the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized by anyone, including the Republic of Armenia. We don't even have such thoughts. We proceed from the premise that all issues of this region should be resolved between the countries located here, primarily between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We will be ready to help search and find a solution that will ensure peace, stability, security in this region, TASS quotes Lavrov.

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.

Precisely because the problem of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh is contradictory, given the positions of Yerevan and Baku, the three leaders decided to skip this issue and leave it for later, for the future, Lavrov said.

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. reported earlier that Putin wanted to discuss the meeting on Karabakh with Security Council members.