YEREVAN, February 15. /ARKA/. Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian will pay a working visit to Moscow on February 17 for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, the press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Aivazian and Lavrov will discuss a string of bilateral, regional and international issues.
“Particular attention will be paid to the implementation of the statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia dated November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021 with an emphasis on providing humanitarian assistance, rebuilding infrastructure, unblocking transport communications in the region. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ activity will also be considered”, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, following four-hour talks in Moscow on January 11, signed a joint statement aimed at developing the region and reopening communication links.
For this purpose, a trilateral group was created, which includes the vice-premiers of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijani armed forces, backed by Turkey and foreign mercenaries and terrorists, attacked Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire front line using rocket and artillery weapons, heavy armored vehicles, military aircraft and prohibited types of weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons.
After 44 days of the war, on November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities. According to the document, the parties stopped at where they were at that time. The town of Shushi, the districts of Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin were handed over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.
A Russian peacekeeping contingent was 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.