YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — During a visit to Armenia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said there is no cause for “too much optimism” over a resolution of the long-standing conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Together with our American and French colleagues we will now analyze where we are right now, we will try to take some sort of active steps to create conditions to achieve a settlement,” Lavrov said in Yerevan on November 21.
“I wouldn’t be too optimistic, it’s a challenging task, and our experience of negotiations makes us think they will not end quickly,” he told a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Internationally mediated negotiations with the involvement of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group have failed to result in a resolution. The Minsk Group is co-chaired by France, Russia, and the United States.
Speaking alongside Lavrov, Nalbandian said that Armenia was “willing to continue” negotiations to try resolve the conflict.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Russia and the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance and was productive in terms of strengthening bilateral relations, Armenian leader said.