For seven hours the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan Sergey Lavrov, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Ceyhun Bayramov continue to discuss the situation around the aggravation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in the Russian capital.
It is noted that the meeting is held in a private room in the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Reception House. At the beginning of the talks, the ministers took seats at the round table and abstained from opening statements.
The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia arrived in Moscow a few hours before the negotiations. They were invited to consultations on Nagorno-Karabakh by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier on Friday, Yerevan and Baku confirmed their participation in the negotiations on Karabakh to be held in Moscow. On the eve, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced talks with Yerevan and Baku over a possible meeting of foreign ministers in the Russian capital.
Another escalation of the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh occurred on September 27. Azerbaijan and Armenia laid the responsibility for aggravation of the situation on each other.
The Armenian side stated that Ankara was providing military assistance to Baku. Azerbaijan and Turkey deny it. At the same time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised Azerbaijan any necessary assistance and called on Armenia to “stop the occupation” of Karabakh.
The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijani SSR. During the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Baku lost control of the region and seven surrounding districts. Since 1992, negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict have been conducted within the OSCE Minsk Group led by three co-chairmen – Russia, the USA and France.