News ID: 275235
Published: 0805 GMT October 06, 2020

Iran, Russia reiterate resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through diplomatic means

Iran, Russia reiterate resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through diplomatic means

Iranian and Russian foreign ministers stressed, in their second phone call this week on Tuesday, the need to solve the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through diplomatic and political solutions.

According to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov expressed concern over the unprecedented escalation of tensions in the disputed zone, IRNA reported.

The two officials warned about the danger of engagement of radical militants from illegal armed groups in Syria and Libya in the conflict.

Referring to the significance of resolving the current tensions in the mountainous region through diplomatic and political means, Zarif and Lavrov noted the process will begin by cessation of military action and establishment of an unconditional ceasefire.

The two ministers also reaffirmed the important role that could be played by Armenia and Azerbaijan Republic to this end.

Lavrov noted that Russia is working both at the national level and in the form of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to establish immediate peace in the region (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Since late September, heavy clashes have been underway between Azerbaijani and Armenian military forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides blame each other for initiating the fighting in the Caucasus Mountains.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, in a phone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday, stressed the need to end the ongoing conflict as soon as possible.

President Rouhani also said Tehran is ready for any move in accordance with international law to resolve the dispute erupted between Baku and Yerevan.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Tuesday warned the warring parties involved in military clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that Tehran will take stronger measures than warnings if the shells fired in the fighting continue to hit the country’s border regions even by mistake.

His remarks came days after several rockets landed in areas populated by Iranian Azerbaijanis on Saturday.


Resource: IRNA
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