Putin: Russia continues to assist in resolving Karabakh conflict
- 15 March 2017
Russia, within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as in direct contacts with Azerbaijan and Armenia, continues to assist in finding ways to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian leader made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan in Moscow March 15, an APA correspondent reported from Moscow.
“During the meeting with the Armenian president, we paid special attention to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict,” Putin said.
The Armenian president, in turn, expressed gratitude to Russia and the other OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs for efforts to resolve the Karabakh conflict peacefully.
“The importance of abiding by the 1994-1995 ceasefire agreement and implementing the Vienna and St. Petersburg agreements was stressed during the meeting. We agree with the inadmissibility of using force in the peace process,” added Sargsyan.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.