By Abdul Kerimkhanov
Both Baku and Yerevan are interested in the last agreements on Karabakh not remaining on paper, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a statement after a meeting with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts in Moscow.
FMs Elmar Mammadyarov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met with the subsequent involvement of the three OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and a representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office.
Lavrov reminded that following the meeting, FM Mammadyarov in one of his interviews mentioned that the 2016 proposals were discussed. He said that's why he has nothing to add here.
"As for the substance of these proposals, they are in line with the approaches that are enshrined in numerous statements by the heads of the co-chairing countries - Russia, France and the United States," stressed Lavrov.
With regard to humanitarian measures, Russian Foreign Minister noted that they are clearly stated in a joint statement, which was published at the end of this meeting.
He told that they imply a need for the parties and an agreement for the parties to make additional efforts to stabilize the situation, especially for the period of agricultural work.
Lavrov noted that they are concluded in an arrangement to facilitate visits by relatives to visit their relatives and friends, who are held in places of detention and consist in approving contacts between people, including especially between media representatives.
Russian FM considers that this is a very useful arrangement.
Lavrov announced that he has a reason to follow up on these contacts, which took place in Moscow, as Baku and Yerevan are interested in ensuring that these agreements do not remain on paper this time. He added that Russia will help this.
Earlier, foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia - Sergey Lavrov, Elmar Mammadyarov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan held a working meeting in Moscow on the initiative of the Russian side.
They were joined by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs (Igor Popov from Russia, Andrew Schofer from the U.S., and Stephane Visconti from France), as well as personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
Russia has a high degree of personal interest in resolving the conflict. Mediation for Russia continues to be one of the most important mechanisms of Russia's foreign policy activities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The political leadership of Russia openly demonstrates the importance of ending the conflict in such a way that there will be no possibility of its escalation.