“Russia’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is known. As a co-chairing country, we continue our efforts towards the resolution of the conflict. The co-chairs made proposals to Azerbaijan and Armenia at certain stages. The main issue was to reach an agreement between the sides. Unfortunately, the proposals did not satisfy either one or the other side. The main issue was reaching an agreement by the parties themselves,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the press conference after meeting his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, APA’s Moscow correspondent reports.
To the question “The negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict have reached a deadlock. Why has the activity of Russia in the negotiations weakened?”, Lavrov said: “Russia has not reduced its activity and is continuing efforts within Minsk Group. The co-chairs meet regularly with the foreign ministers and presidents of both countries.”
The Russian FM has agreed with the question on the lack of progress in the negotiations: “Indeed, there is no progress in the negotiations.”
Edwar Nalbandian also said there is no progress in the negotiations.
“Though there is no progress in the negotiations, we can not say the negotiations have reached a deadlock. Foreign ministers hold regular meetings. The process is underway,” he said.
To APA correspondent’s correspondent question “The co-chairs and Azerbaijan state that the status quo is inadmissible. What is the position of Armenia?” Nalbandian said:
“Armenia’s position coincides with the position of the Minsk Group. If Azerbaijan does not want the status quo to be maintained, it should not reject the proposals of the co-chairs. These proposals include withdrawal of snipers and etc.”