YEREVAN, August 4. / ARKA /. The OSCE Minsk Group has made significant efforts to help Armenia and Azerbaijan hammer out a document outlining the political principles for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Itar-Tass news agency.
He said the latest flare of tension on the line of contact (between Armenian troops of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan) is very alarming with both sides trading accusations. He said tension used to escalate there before as well claiming lives of soldiers on both sides, but the latest escalation (in which at least 25 Azeri and five Armenian troops were killed) is being portrayed in very acute colors.
He said Russia along with other countries, including the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, urged the parties to exercise maximum restraint and avoid actions that could lead to another manifestation of violence.
He said Russian president is going to have separate meetings later this week with Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts ‘and when they appear in the same place there will be no avoiding the talk on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said.
"The conflict is being perceived very emotionally on both sides. We, as a co-chairing country of the OSCE Minsk Group, are taking a lot of efforts, together with our American and French partners to help solve those questions that still prevent the conclusion of a document outlining the political principles of the settlement,” he said.
"It is not easy to do, however. Similar attempts were made in the past and each time it seemed that we had reached the important milestone, when an agreement could be signed, but something prevented it. So I will not make forecasts,” he said. -0-