Russia and Azerbaijan believe that there is an opportunity to find a compromise on the Karabakh settlement issue, said Russian FM Sergei Lavrov at a joint press conference with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
According to him, they have an understanding there are opportunities to reach a compromise in Karabakh conflict settlement, TASS reported.
This conflict is one of the longest in the CIS space, he added.
“We are grateful to our Azerbaijani friends that the ideas that Russia is promoting bilaterally and as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group find understanding,” Lavrov said.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting with Lavrov Monday that the Azerbaijani side does not see progress in resolving the Karabakh situation, but expects continued active participation of Russia in resolving the conflict.
According to Lavrov, Russia hopes that Azerbaijan, Armenia and co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, US, France) will adopt a five-sided statement on Karabakh settlement issues at the meeting in Bratislava.
There will also be a meeting of two ministers with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.
Lavrov noted that the resumption of dialogue between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Karabakh is important for resolving the conflict in the region.
Lavrov also noted that Russia was one of the authors of the initiative for the exchange of journalists between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
According to him, there was a meeting of the Azerbaijani, Armenia and Russian foreign ministers in Vienna, where “such an unofficial but concrete paper was agreed that we all spoke out in favor of establishing humanitarian exchanges.”