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.

Assistance in settlement of Karabakh conflict is one of Russia's priorities - Foreign Ministry

Assistance in settlement of Karabakh conflict is one of Russia's priorities - Foreign Ministry



Assistance in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of Russia's priorities, said the Russian Foreign Ministry, responding to the request of "Vestnik Kavkaza" on the outcome of the two-year work of the mediators for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

First of all, the Foreign Ministry noted that the South Caucasus is very important for Russia. "One thing is certain: the strategic course for close cooperation with partners in the CIS space has been and remains unchanged. At the same time, the South Caucasus is one of the most important regional directions of the foreign policy line of Russia", the ministry stressed.

"For us, of course, it is deeply indifferent what is happening in this neighboring region with Russia. We are consistently interested in restoring peace and tranquility, opening borders, resuming trade and economic relations. That is why assistance in the settlement, in particular, of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is one of our priorities fixed in the Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation", the ministry added.

It has also noted that Russia will continue to conduct the mediation work taking into account the Russian co-chairmanship in the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as the agreements reached with the leadership of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the trilateral format.

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.