Grigory Karasin, Russian deputy foreign minister, state secretary, and John Tefft, US ambassador to Russia, discussed the prospects of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, said a message posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on July 29.
"During the meeting the sides discussed the situation in Syria and the Caucasus,” the message said. “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."
Russia, along with France and the United States, is a member of the OSCE Minsk Group mediating between the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region 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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