Russia says it held talks with US and EU on Nagorno-Karabakh ahead of crisis

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Russia exchanged views with the United States and the European Union on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh ahead of the lightning military operation by Azerbaijan last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

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Politico earlier reported that top officials from the United States and the EU met their Russian counterparts in Turkey for emergency talks about Karabakh just days before Azerbaijan launched its operation in the breakaway region.

“The US and EU approached us and asked us to hold a meeting,” Zakharova told reporters. She said the sides exchanged views on the situation in Karabakh.

“There was nothing secret about this meeting; it was an ordinary exchange of views. We shall see how the West will present all this now.”

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