Moscow can see that Baku and Yerevan are ready for cooperation in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday, pointing to the recent meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
"We can see that the parties are ready to continue joint work aimed at reaching a sustainable peace," the statement reads.
"The Vienna talks between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Moscow meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers are another proof of that," the Russian Foreign ministry added.
The Ministry pointed out that the parties needed to show political will to resolve the conflict.
"On our part, we will continue to actively assist Baku and Yerevan in their search for compromises," the statement said. "We will also continue to make consistent mediation efforts within the OSCE Minsk Group together with the United States and France," the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.
Pashinyan and Aliyev held talks in Vienna on March 29. On April 15, Moscow hosted a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts. The meeting also involved Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group: Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France and Andrew Schofer of the United States.
The parties said in a final statement that an agreement had been reached to maintain contacts on the Nagorno-Karabakh issuee.