Russia Says Ready To Help Armenia and Azerbaijan Peace Talks

Russia on Thursday expressed readiness to broker a peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia to bring peace and security in the South Caucasus.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is on an official visit to Armenia, reaffirmed Russia’s strong keenness to help negotiate a deal over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

In a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan, Lavrov said that Moscow would not step back from any efforts to lead in the signing of a peace agreement between Yerevan and Baku.

Lavrov said that work on a peace treaty was underway and Russia is ready to play a role as a mediator and advisor during the process.

In his part, Mirzoyan said one of the discussions with Lavrov was over a possible document between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mirzoyan reaffirmed the Armenian government’s readiness to take every available step to reach peace and stability in the region, including efforts to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Meanwhile, Mirzoyan accused Azerbaijan of violating international humanitarian law, and its refusal to return the remaining Armenian captives and detainees.

In 2020, the two neighboring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan engaged in deadly clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that took the lives of over 6,500 people and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.

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