Lavrov: it is very important to normalize situation on contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh

 Lavrov: it is very important to normalize situation on contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today at a news conference that Moscow considers it important to calm the situation on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The minister underscored the need to take additional steps to stabilize the situation on the contact line of troops. "This will also contribute to the transition of a political settlement," Lavrov stressed.

According to him, solving this issue once and for all by one document is impossible. "A step-by-step approach is needed in this issue. This approach will show what can be done now, define the ways for which additional discussions are needed in connection with the settlement of the conflict and the status of Nagorno-Karabakh," the top diplomat said.

The minister said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can only be resolved by the parties to the conflict, adding that Russia can not have concrete plans for resolving this issue.

"We have made intensive efforts in recent years in order to summarize all the positions of the parties, identify overlapping approaches, bring them to a common denominator, as well as to offer compromise options on issues they cannot reach common ground.  This work was carried out intensively and consistently last year. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have a common position on this issue, and the parties are aware of that. However, the decision has to be made by the parties,"Russia’s top diplomat stressed.

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