The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Russia ready to render all possible assistance to Karabakh conflict sides

Russia ready to render all possible assistance to Karabakh conflict sides



As the international mediator, Russia is ready to render all possible assistance to the parties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mariya Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, said during the briefing Apr.21.

She noted that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will also be discussed during the visit of Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Yerevan.

Currently, it is necessary to exercise restraint and return to stability, according to Zakharova.

"We are firmly convinced that the parties [of the conflict] should resume the negotiation process aimed at achieving a lasting settlement," she said. "It is essential to intensify the work on reducing the war risk on the basis of the existing agreements."

On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.

Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.