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Moscow calls on Baku and Yerevan to resume negotiations

Source: Asbarez | Thursday, 28 April 2016
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Russian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson, Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson, Maria Zakharova

MOSCOW (TASS)—Moscow calls on Baku and Yerevan to demonstrate restraint and to resume negotiations, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

“What is happening now confirms our thesis that it is especially important to demonstrate restraint and move toward restoring stability now,” Zakharova said. “It is necessary to resume the negotiations process for long-term settlement,” she added.

“The priority task now is to calm the situation, to prevent new bloodshed and resume the negotiation process,” she noted.

Russia considers that military contacts between Baku and Yerevan are possible, yet there is no talk about a high-level summit, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich has said, TASS reports.

“I have not heard anything about preparations for such a meeting. The recent escalation has considerably delayed the dialogue between the parties,” he said.

“Nevertheless, it became possible to cease hostilities thanks to Russian mediation. Most likely, there will be contacts between the military leaderships.

Lukashevich declared that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs may come forth with a report on the situation in Karabakh.

“The Co-Chairs met with the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on April 20 and briefed on the situation. They visited the region April 6-9 and are expected to present a report on future steps in Vienna,” Lukashevich said.




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