International community shows rare unity on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman says

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YEREVAN, October 1. /ARKA/. The international community has shown rare unity on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with TASS on Wednesday.

“Although the international community rarely manages to unite, but this time, to their credit, the heads of international organizations, the heads of state, politicians and public figures echo one another, in a good way,” she said.

Zakharova noted that the international community called for an immediate ceasefire and negotiations, as well as for the resumption of political and diplomatic efforts “to resolve this long-standing problem.”

“There is no alternative to finding a political, diplomatic and peaceful solution, it is reflected in documents developed in the past years,” she stressed.

When speaking about Russia’s mediation efforts, the diplomat noted that Moscow was doing everything possible to calm the situation down and was calling for a ceasefire.

“Russia is doing that both in its national capacity and as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. We have heard bellicose statements, which are, unfortunately, aimed at raising tensions and expanding the armed conflict. But I would like to reiterate that there have been few statements of this kind,” Zakharova emphasized.

‘For us, both Azerbaijan and Armenia are special countries, which are connected with us not only by historical ties. This is a living connection that is not interrupted, going through friends, contacts, through culture, business, finance and humanitarian ties. Our peoples are so closely tied that this pain is equally reflected in the hearts of Russians, not only among representatives of the Diaspora, but also among people who do not have Armenian or Azerbaijani roots, “Zakharova said.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the fighting and wounded on both sides.

Asked whether Moscow was ready to provide a platform for a meeting of representatives of Azerbaijan and Armenia if requested, Zakharova said: “As you know, any request will be considered, no matter which side we talk about. This is normal diplomatic practice. We maintain this contact with all parties.’ -0-

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