Moscow considers that the recent agreements on the Nagorno Karabakh settlement reached between Baku and Yerevan will not remain on the paper, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference following his meeting with Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic, TASS reports.
“The humanitarian measures are clearly enlisted in the joint statement [of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs] and envisage the commitment of the parties to make additional efforts to allow families to have access to their relatives held in custody in the respective detention centers of the parties,” Lavrov noted.
Besides, he said, the agreements approve contacts between people, including through mutual visits of media representatives.
“I think this is a useful agreement,” the Russian Foreign Minister stated.
“I have seen comments saying that such agreements, especially in the humanitarian field, have not always been executed. This is true. Judging from the atmosphere in which the work is now taking place, I have reason to believe that both Baku and Yerevan are interested in these agreements not to be left on paper this time,” Lavrov said.
He pledged Russia’s willingness to contribute to their realization.
Asked about the proposals on conflict settlement, the Minister noted that “agreements should be sought between parties themselves on the basis of the principles of territorial integrity, the right of peoples to self-determination and non-use of force,” he said, adding that “details remain confidential.”