Russia, France Express Concern over Karabakh Fighting

A Karabakh soldier

MOSCOW, PARIS (Combined Sources)—The Russian and French foreign ministries expressed concern over this week’s violations of the Nagorno-Karabakh cease fire, as a result of which four Armenian and five Azeri soldiers were killed in separate breaches by the Azeri Army.

“Russia considers further escalation of border attacks unacceptable and will continue assisting the parties to achieve peaceful settlement,” Alexander Lukashevich, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“As an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair and Karabakh conflict mediator, Russia urges the parties refrain from using force,” Lukashevich said.

He expressed hope that meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, scheduled for June 18 in Paris, will help “relieve tensions.”

“France, which co-chairs the Minsk Group, expresses its deep concern following the violent incidents on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan which have resulted in 8 deaths over the past few days,” said a statement from the French Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

“There can be no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The parties must be fully committed to implementing a peaceful settlement based on the respect of the principles of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, notably the non-use of force, territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination,” added the French statement.


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  1. Albert said:

    The Armenian ministry of defense should create cyberwarfare unit to create viruses that can be used to destroy Azeri government computers, especially the computers controlling the oil pumps delivering the oil to Europe. In the 1980’s the CIA was able to plant a virus into a Soviet computer which controlled the pump that was pushing the natural gas down the pipeline. The virus caused a malfunction in the pump which led to the explosion in the pipeline. The incident is known as the trans siberian pipeline explosion incident.

  2. bigmoustache said:

    and this is exactly what we would hear from world leaders if the fighting started again, a few weak words of condemnation

  3. John M said:

    The NKR government should invite China or Russia to build a base in the NKR.