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“Of course, we’re worried about the events on the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Lavrov said in an exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS.
“The parties accuse each other of provocations. That happened earlier. Unfortunately, for many years we watch an escalation in such fighting. Many people died. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen urged the parties to show maximum restraint and prevent further fighting,” he said.
“This week the Russian president is planning to have separate meetings with the Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts in Sochi where the Nagorno-Karabakh issue may be discussed,” Lavrov said.
“For certain, we’ll talk about strengthening trust and reducing risks of slipping into confrontation,” he said.
“Such political resolution would allow us to normalise the climate. It is not easy. Many attempts were made. We seemed to reach an important stage when accord was achieved. But anything held us up that is why I won’t make predictions,” he said.
Lavrov emphasised the need to help Armenia and Azerbaijan “find comfortable formulations for every party”.
He said earlier the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia “made a rather modest statement saying it was necessary to develop confidence-building measures”.
“Such actions will contradict the letter and spirit of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and Moldova,” the Russian Foreign Ministry went on to say.
"Moldova and Ukraine have coordinated actions to impose an economic and transportation blockade against Transdniestria in a bid to force it to make concessions at negotiations and give up its foreign policy priorities. These attempts may increase regional tensions,” the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.