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Russia to Support Italian OSCE Chairmanship's Efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

12.01.2018 12:23

Russia will support the Italian OSCE Chairmanship's efforts in the process of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.

This was stated by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in response to Chairperson-in-Office, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano at the OSCE special permanent council meeting in Vienna on January 11.

«Instead of equitable cooperation, we see double standards and hear statements about the «exceptionalism» of individual nations and countries. All of that does not help us resolve today's problems, but instead gives rise to more problems and conflicts, and makes us all weaker in the face of common threats, such as terrorism, illegal migration, drug and human trafficking, and organised crime», the diplomat said.

Further Lukashevich stressed that Moscow fully shares Italian Chairmanship's commitment to maintain the OSCE's efforts to resolve regional conflicts.

Recall that the conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when citizens of Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence of the republic from Azerbaijan. Later on, Baku made an attempt to keep Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijani by military means. However, large-scale military operations led to the loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh, but also adjacent areas. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations at the Russian active mediation.