Armenia, Azerbaijan have settled Karabakh dispute: Russia’s Lavrov

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a speech at the UN General Assembly on Saturday that time was ripe for trust-building measures between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, and that Moscow’s troops would help that.

Lavrov accused the West of trying to force themselves as mediators between the two countries, which he said was not needed.


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“Yerevan and Baku actually did settle the situation,” Lavrov said. “Time has come for mutual trust-building. There are Russian troops who will certainly help this,” he said via translation.

Russia has peace-keeping missions in Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan where Baku launched an offensive this week.

The ethnic Armenian leadership of breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh said on Saturday that the terms of their ceasefire with Azerbaijan were being implemented, with work proceeding on the delivery of humanitarian aid and evacuation of the wounded.

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