Maria Zakharova: Lavrov and Mammadyarov hold very constructive talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Moscow were very constructive, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, told a briefing.
Zakharova stressed that the sides had discussions on specific and distinctive ideas aimed at keeping the momentum in talks on the resolution of the conflict.
The spokesperson also noted that further meetings on settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will take place, the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reports.
The meeting of Lavrov and Mammadyarov was held on January 24.
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.