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Russia plays active role in Nagorno-Karabakh settlement — ministry

May 26, 2016, 18:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian Foreign Ministry says the country calls on all sides to abandon any attempts at confrontation, exacerbating the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

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MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Russia actively works on different tracks to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.

"We are rather active on this track and call on all sides to abandon any attempts at confrontation, exacerbating the situation, call for normalizing the situation, creating the appropriate atmosphere for the peaceful settlement of this problem," Zakharova said. "We are actively and constructively working on different tracks to really move the situation closer to final settlement," she added.

The spokeswoman noted the work in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, contacts with the sides in the conflict, first of all with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as cooperation with foreign partners that are involved in the negotiations process and activities of the Minsk Group.

On Saturday, April 2, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh rapidly deteriorated when the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the front line. The claims came from defense authorities of Armenia and of Azerbaijan.

On April 5 Azerbaijan’s Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Nadjmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Col. Gen. Yury Khachaturov in Moscow with Russia’s mediation. At the talks the sides reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities at the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. On the same day, the defense ministries of the two countries announced that the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh would start at 12am local time.

Though the ceasefire mostly holds, both sides continue to report occasional violations of ceasefire on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

On May 16 the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Vienna. Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev agreed to "make steps to monitor observance of agreements on ceasefire and introduce a mechanism on investigating incidents." They also agreed to "possible resume the negotiations process on settling the conflict," the press service of the Armenian president said.

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