Zakharova: Russia welcomes any contacts between Baku and Yerevan on Karabakh settlement

BAKU, July 27. /TASS/. Russia welcomes any meeting between representatives of Azerbaijan and Armenia to achieve progress in the Karabakh settlement. This was stated to journalists on Friday in Baku, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“The meeting between Azerbaijan and Armenia are at a different level. We welcome any meetings agreed on by Azerbaijan and Armenia. Most importantly, we welcome, when reaching a positive result”, – said Zakharov.

The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry stressed that “Russia as a country-intermediary has established itself effectively and constructively in the issue of Karabakh settlement and is well aware of this.”

Zakharov participated in the Azerbaijani-Russian consultations on issues of information support of foreign policy.

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed conflict in 1992-1993 Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk group, headed by the Troika of co – chairmen- Russia, USA and France.