For the second time this week, Iranian and Russian Foreign Ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sergei Lavrov stressed the need to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through political-diplomatic means.

Iran PressEurope: According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Zarif and Lavrov expressed concern over the unprecedented escalation of tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, Iran press reported.

The statement said that the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers noted the possible threat of radical militant, illegal armed groups in Syria and Libya to engage in this conflict.

The Iranian and Russian foreign ministers also stressed the use of political-diplomatic means to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict while announcing that the beginning of the process would be a cessation of military action and an unconditional ceasefire.

Lavrov noted that Russia is working at the national level and via cooperation with the leaders of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to establish immediate peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Russia reiterated the important role that the neighboring countries of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan can play in this regard.

Armenian officials have claimed that Turkey transferred thousands of terrorists from Syria to the Republic of Azerbaijan to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and Azeri officials have claimed that a group of Kurds were transferred to Karabakh by Armenia to fight in Azerbaijan.

Last Sunday, October 26, the clashes between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops started again on the border between the two countries.

After several days of military clashes in July (mid-July) between the forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, which resulted in casualties on both sides, the war of words and some diplomatic moves provoked tensions in the Caucasus region and hence the military confrontation between the two countries seemed predictable.

The two countries have been at loggerheads over ownership of the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades.

In 1994, following four years of military conflict between the two countries, some European and regional governments intervened to end the territorial dispute between Baku and Yerevan, and finally, with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group, a ceasefire was established between the parties to the conflict. However, the international efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully have so far been unsuccessful.


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