BAKU, October 3. / TASS /. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev believes that Russia has an objectively higher role in the process of settling the Karabakh conflict than other mediators.
“Russia together with the United States of America and France is one of the mediating countries. <…> There is a fairly high level of coordination in the process. Of course, Russia has a special position, because it is a neighboring country of Azerbaijan in the region, it does not have a state border with Armenia. Russia is a country that has good historical relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia. Therefore, their (the Russian side's) role and opportunities for mediation, for objective reasons, are, of course, higher than those of those who are located far from the region and, perhaps, do not have a complete idea of what is happening here over the past decade, "he said. the head of state in an interview with Al Jazeera TV channel, published on Saturday.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians.
Baku and Yerevan have disputed the ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed conflict of 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven adjacent regions. Since 1992, negotiations have been underway on a peaceful settlement of the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by the three co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France.