Russian and Armenian Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan discussed the situation in the Karabakh conflict zone today, October 4, during a telephone conversation. According to the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the focus was on issues related to finding a way out of the crisis.
The head of Russian diplomacy expressed his concern about the growth of casualties among the civilian population.
“The need for an early ceasefire was noted. The readiness to assist the parties in returning the process of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement to the political and diplomatic channels under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmen in accordance with the joint statement of the presidents of Russia, the United States, and France was confirmed”, – the report says.
As TOP NEWS was informed, the presidents of Russia, the USA, and France, as heads of the countries – co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk group within the framework of which the process of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was carried out, made a joint statement on October 1. Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Emmanuelle Macron condemn in the strongest possible terms the escalation of violence taking place on the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone, the document says. “We mourn the deaths and express our condolences to the families of the killed and wounded. We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the armed forces of the parties involved. We also call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately commit themselves in good faith and without preconditions to resume negotiations on the substance of the settlement with the assistance of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” the statement said.
It should be recalled that on September 27, Azerbaijan began intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, stepping on the offensive along the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone. The operations, called “counteroffensive” in Baku, are conducted in the northern, eastern, and southeastern parts of the front. Martial law and general mobilization have been declared in Armenia. Azerbaijan has also announced martial law and partial mobilization on its territory.