18 March 2018

Moscow making efforts to stabilize situation

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Russian leadership is making efforts to stabilize the situation around the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Mariya Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson.

She noted that Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the issue with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku.

"We hope these intensive efforts by Russia will make it possible to ensure sustainable ceasefire and bring the parties back to the talks on the conflict's peaceful settlement," added Zakharova.

On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers.

The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.

Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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