Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov calls on Turkey to use its influence to shore up the volatile compliance with the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh.
“We ask the Turks to use their influence to support this line“, Said this Monday the Russian Foreign Minister to the Greek agency ANA-MPA, in reference to the full compliance with the ceasefire agreement in Nagorno Karabakh by the parties to the conflict and the resumption of peace negotiations.
A third attempt to end the fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh has exploded on Monday, as the two sides accuse each other of a “flagrant violation” of the new ceasefire negotiated in Washington over the weekend in the middle of campaign by US President Donald Trump for his re-election. Trump promised to resolve the conflict, saying it would be “an easy thing to do.” Two truces have already failed before: the first agreed in Moscow on October 10 and the second in Paris on October 17.
Lavrov, in his interview with the Greek media, has also urged other external actors to prevent an increase in military tension in Nagorno Karabakh. “We call on all external actors to do everything possible to avoid the escalation of the military conflict”, Highlights the head of the Russian Diplomacy.
Turkey pledged all kinds of support to Azerbaijan a few days after the armed clashes with Armenia flared up again and accused Yerevan of occupying Azerbaijani lands.
Likewise, the Russian headline urges the need to promote the peace process and emphasizes that the leaders of Russia, the United States and France, who co-chair the Minsk Group, have already expressed themselves clearly in favor of a solution negotiated in Nagorno Karabakh.
Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed their confrontations in the Nagorno Karabakh border region on September 27, accusing each other of having unleashed this spiral of war.
Both parties have been at odds since the beginning of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 1991, when this enclave, with the support of the Government of Armenia, became independent from the then Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1994, a ceasefire put an end to the conflict between these countries – with a death toll of 30,000 – but it did not solve the problem, so skirmishes have been frequent on the border since then.
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