Russian FM to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict on OSCE sidelines

BAKU, Azerbaijan: The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in sideline meetings during the 25th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be held in the Italian City of Milan on December 6-7, 2018.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict is a territorial and ethnic conflict between two South Caucasus Countries Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“The minister’s speech will cover everything related to the OSCE agenda, and especially those issues in which Russia is directly involved,” the Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday, according to the Azerbaijani-based TREND News Agency.

“We will share our assessments. Of course, there will be bilateral meetings as well, and this (Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict) issue will be discussed substantively during these meetings. Naturally, some specific steps or concrete proposals may be outlined there.”

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan including the landlocked mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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