Russia interested in solving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – Putin

Russia will do everything to help solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as Moscow is interested in the settlement, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on air Apr. 14, Russia 24 TV channel reported.

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.

Putin went on to add that a compromise should be found.

“Several years ago, it seemed, we were quite close to the settlement, but things turned out to be different,” Putin said.

This is a very sensitive topic, which should be treated according to the “Do no harm” principle, the president said.

Putin said that Russia will continue working to resolve this issue within the framework of international organizations and in a bilateral format. He said that long-term solutions that should be found through political means are needed.

“Russia, no matter what anyone says, is interested in solving this issue,” he said. “We want to work with both Azerbaijan and Armenia.”

Russia will make its contribution to the solution of the conflict, the president said, but the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia must make the final decision.

Source: Trend