June 15
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Russia will assist Armenia and Azerbaijan in resolving the border tensions if it receives such a request from both countries; Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko told this to reporters, according to TASS.

"It is a normal situation when in some cases the parties turn to us [Russia] with a request for help, support, mediation; moreover, we have experience in the context of developing the [trilateral] statements of November 9 and January 11. So, if we receive such a petition from two participating parties—not just one party, I mean from [both] Azerbaijan and Armenia—, then we are ready to provide assistance as we can," he said.

Rudenko added that the foreign ministers of the CSTO member countries on Wednesday will discuss in Dushanbe the tension on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. "The foreign ministers are meeting in Dushanbe to discuss all the issues on the agenda. I do not rule out that this issue will be discussed there. I believe the main discussion will take place within the framework of the ministerial meeting in Dushanbe," he said.

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