Russia and US discuss Karabakh conflict settlement prospects

 Russia and US discuss Karabakh conflict settlement prospects

Russian deputy foreign minister, Grigory Karasin, and the US ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, discussed the prospects of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"During the meeting the sides discussed the situation in Syria and the Caucasus. The problems related to the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine, the prospects of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, as well as other topical issues of the international agenda were also discussed," Trend cited the message as saying.

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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