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BAKU, August 13 (Itar-Tass) - Russia will do its best to encourage settling of the Nagorn-Karabakh issue with diplomatic means, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev.
“Naturally, during our talks, we touched upon pressing international problems, including that of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Putin said. “Russia is taking active efforts to promote the soonest resolution of the conflict, which is possible only through political means.”
The Azerbaijani president also noted the role Russia as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group was playing in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. “Quick resolution of this issue will lead to stability, predictability and cooperation in the region,” he said.
According to Aliyev, the resolution of the conflict must be based “on historical justice, international law and resolutions of international organizations.”
Lasting ceasefire has been established in Nagorno-Karabakh since May 1994, thanks to Russia’s mediatory efforts. As a co-chair of the Minsk group, Russia is continuing its participation in the negotiating process to settle the conflict. On November 2, 2008, a three-party meeting in Moscow between presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia yielded a declaration, where the parties reiterated their commitment to the political resolution.