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Russian PM says there's no alternative to peaceful talks in solving Karabakh conflict

April 08, 2016, 2:31 UTC+3 YEREVAN
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YEREVAN, April 8. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday discussed the Nagorbo-Karabakh conflict with Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan.

At the beginning of the conversation, the Armenian President told Medvedev about how events had been developing in the zone of conflict in the much-troubled Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. He voiced the hope the countries making up the Minsk Group for settlement in Karabakh, which reports to the European security organization OSCE, would manage to act as mediators of the efforts to normalize the situation.

Also, he regretted the cancelation of a session of the intergovernmental council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) that had to be cancelled in the wake of a relapse of armed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Medvedev said in response there was no alternative to peaceful talks and quiet discussions as instruments of solution of the Karabakh conflict.

"My current trip is linked to it, too, as I'd like to discuss a few things with you in terms of what could be possibly down in very shortly," he said.

He admitted that the visit of the official delegation to Armenia had fallen on a very difficult time.

"We believe our duty as Armenia's partner is to get first-hand information, to clear out what's happening and to do everything in our power as an ally and participant in the Minsk Group to channel developments in to quiet alley," Medvedev said.

The Russian side proceeds from the assumption the main thing now is to keep up peace, to return to the table of negotiations even though the background for this is far from the best one at the moment, he said.

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