Moscow expresses serious concern about the sharp aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and is ready to provide the necessary assistance to stabilize the situation, the Russian MFA said in a statement.

The statement runs as follows:

The Foreign Ministry voices its serious concern over an escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 12, 2020. According to the updates we have received, military action is continuing. Artillery is being used and there are killed and injured  persons.

We convey our condolences to the victims’ families and friends.

We regard any further escalation unacceptable and posing a threat to the region’s security. We call on the opposing parties to exercise restraint and fully comply with the ceasefire.

The Foreign Ministry is ready to render the required assistance in order to stabilise the situation."