The foreign Ministry assessed the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border
The aggravation of the situation on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan causes concern, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved by peaceful means, said the Deputy Director of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry Alexei Zaitsev.
"In Russia with great concern that I learned of the recent aggravation of the situation on the border of friendly Armenia and Azerbaijan. We are convinced that the longstanding Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as any other differences in the international arena, you have to resolve exclusively by peaceful means, through diplomatic negotiations," he said at a briefing on Thursday.
Zaitsev stressed that the Russian leadership has made all necessary efforts to avoid further escalation, including through operational cooperation with key partners in the region. In particular, Zaitsev pointed to the recent phone talks between foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and the Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues, and discussion with the Turkish side of the current situation in the Caucasus and particularly the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. "Both sides stating serious concern about the dangerous developments in the region, Russia and Turkey are premised on the inevitability of a politico-diplomatic solution of the existing problems on the basis of principles of international law in the interests of the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia," he said.
"Tuned and continue to work with partners, including Turkey, to work towards the relief of a new round of tension, stabilizing the overall situation in the Caucasus, to contribute actively to the establishment of political dialogue between Yerevan and Baku", he concluded.
Clash on Armenian-Azerbaijani border continues July 12 and in the adjacent regions of Tavush and Tovuz, bordering also with Georgia and located a few hundred kilometers from Nagorno-Karabakh. Later, the defense Ministry of Azerbaijan stated that the aggravation spread to the line of contact in Karabakh - Aghdam, Khojavand, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Goranboy and Tartar districts. The Armenian defense Ministry, in turn, reports about the shootings only in the Northern section of the border, hundreds of miles away from Karabakh and Nakhichevan AR. The situation in Karabakh remains relatively calm.
According to Baku, the conflict on the border killed 12 Azerbaijani servicemen, including a General. The Armenian side announced the deaths of six soldiers and wounding of nine military and one civilian. Azerbaijan and Armenia blame for the attacks on each other. A number of countries and international organizations expressed concern about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and urged the parties to dialogue. The Russian foreign Ministry expressed readiness to mediate for the stabilization of the situation in the region.