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Russia played an important role in the settlement of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)], Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on Thursday, BelTA reported.

"I would like to congratulate you on the outcome in the Caucasus. You have done a great job. It is clear that there will be criticism and so on. But the fact that, largely thanks to Russia, this bloodshed has stopped, that people are not longer dying there and that the process, though still at its nascent stage, towards the normalization of relations in the Caucasus has begun is a very positive and good sign. This is the position we uphold,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that from the very beginning he was closely following the situation in the Caucasus region. He said he knows these problems very well and has discussed them many times with the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. “I am very pleased that this crisis has been resolved in the way we discussed [last time in St. Petersburg]. I sincerely congratulate you on it,” the Belarusian president said.

The Belarusian leader also drew attention to other problems and conflict situations.

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