Karasin and Tefft discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Karasin and Tefft discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin and US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft held a meeting today.

They discussed safety issues in the South Caucasus, including the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The two sides also exchanged views in respect of the forms of cooperation in solving the Ukrainian crisis. In addition, they discussed the situation in Moldova and Georgia, the statement posted on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry informs.

Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.

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% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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