Russian MFA: We hope that Baku and Yerevan to show political will

Russian MFA: We hope that Baku and Yerevan to show political will
# 24 April 2023 14:10 (UTC +04:00)

We express our serious concern about the situation in the area of ​​responsibility of the Russian Peacekeeping Contingent (RPC) in Karabakh, on the contact line of the Armenian-Azerbaijani troops, as well as in the dialogue between official Baku and Yerevan, APA's Moscow correspondent reports citing Russian MFA.

We note with extreme concern the increase in ceasefire violations and various incidents that regularly result in casualties on both sides. We do not consider the increase of accusatory and aggressive rhetoric in the public space of Azerbaijan and Armenia to be any less dangerous. In the context of the development of the events of April 23, we especially note the inadmissibility of any unilateral steps that violate the main provisions of the tripartite statement of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia dated November 9, 2020, uncoordinated changes in the working regime of the Lachin Corridor, or attempts to use it for purposes incompatible with the peace agenda.

The Russian side is ready to provide all the necessary assistance to Azerbaijan and Armenia, which are close to it, both at the political level and "on the ground" with the participation of the command of the RPC.

We also caution foreign Western players and domestic Russophobic elements working with their opportunistic agendas against attempts to destabilize the situation, including a smear campaign against Russia.

We urge the parties to immediately return to existing agreements. We proceed from this so that the local population should not suffer under any circumstances, no obstacles should be created for their livelihood.

We believe that many of the problems that have arisen are due to months of inactivity, the main directions of the tripartite agreements between the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, including the opening of transport communications in the region, the start of the process of delimitation of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, and the negotiation process of agreeing the parameters of the peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia. is the result of a lack of progress.

We hope that Baku and Yerevan will show political will and will be able to overcome this negative trend in the near future.

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