Armenia’s new foreign minister and his Russian counterpart discuss implementation of agreement to stop war in Nagorno-Karabakh

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YEREVAN, November 19. /ARKA/. Armenia’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan had a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday, the press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported.

It said Lavrov congratulated Ayvazyan on assuming the post. In this context, the sides stressed the mutual readiness to continue the development of the Armenian-Russian allied relations in all areas, including the regional security.

The two men were said to have touched upon the details of the practical implementation of the joint trilateral statement of November 10 to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh and the activities of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh.

The foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Artsakh and the region. In this context, the sides touched upon the efforts aimed at resolving the humanitarian situation in Artsakh, as well Lavrov’s meeting with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which took place yesterday in Moscow.

During the telephone conversation, the sides exchanged views on the forthcoming schedule of the Armenian-Russian cooperation.

On November 9, the leaders of the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities in Artsakh. According to the document, the sides stopped at their positions; the town of Shushi, Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin regions pass over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of the 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.

A Russian peacekeeping contingent is deployed along the contact line in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to Karabakh and adjacent regions, prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons and bodies of the dead are being exchanged.

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