MOSCOW—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with RIA Novsoti that “Moscow sees no reason for panic over an initiative by Armenian parliament members on the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh.”
He said that the Armenian government would have to weigh in by presenting an opinion after discussions in Armenia’s legislature.
In discussing the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, Lavrov said that practical mechanisms were needed to prevent further ceasefire violations along the Karabakh-Azerbaijan border.
“Of course, the most important issue now is to avoid new losses and prevent any ceasefire violations and work out practical mechanisms for that,” he said.
According to Lavrov, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on this some five years ago, when they met at the initiative of then President Dmitry Medvedev.
“They spoke for creation of a mechanism for investigation of border incidents and confidence-building measures. The OSCE was tasked with addressing the issue, but, unfortunately, no developments followed. We want the parties to return to that, the OSCE German presidency is also interested in intensifying its role and we welcome this willingness,” Lavrov said.
He said the OSCE Co-Chairs will meet in the near future.
Lavrov also said that “although it might be difficult, but it was still possible to incorporate the ideas on a political resolution of the Karabakh conflict in a document.”