Russia's Lavrov to discuss Karabakh tensions with Azerbaijan - RIA

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Yerevan, Armenia, June 9, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Baku this week to discuss tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia's RIA news agency said on Wednesday.

The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous territory inside Azerbaijan controlled since the 1990s by ethnic Armenians supported by Yerevan, flared in 2020 into a six-week war in which Azeri troops regained swathes of territory.

Although Russia brokered a ceasefire and both nations agreed to work on a peace plan, the two periodically accuse each other of firing shells across the border, RIA noted.

Lavrov will be in Baku on Thursday and Friday to meet President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.

"The meetings will be devoted, according to the Russian foreign ministry, to the implementation of the 2020 trilateral agreements between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on

cessation of hostilities," RIA said.

Delegations from Armenia and Azerbaijan met on their international border on May 24 in a choreographed step towards ending the 30-year dispute.

The peace plan has sparked sometimes violent protests in Armenia fueled by opposition claims that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was making too many concessions.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Article type: free
User access status:
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In World

Mexico finance minister tests positive for COVID-19
Gold falls on stronger U.S. dollar
WTI crude futures tumble over 8 pct
U.S. pregnant cancer patients may die due to risk of illegal abortion: media
Factbox: If UK PM Boris Johnson is ousted, who could replace him?
Euro slumps to 20-year low against U.S. dollar
Nigerian airline to start direct flights to China, India in expansion move
Exclusive: Kyiv asks Turkey to probe three more Russian ships it alleges transported stolen grain
Piraeus Container Terminal donates sit-ski wheelchair to Greek Paralympic athlete
U.S. CDC recommends majority of Americans wear masks: media

Others Also Read