Russia is leading diplomatic efforts to broker a truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev was in the Armenian capital to urge the countries to end the fighting which erupted this week over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“This situation without any doubt is raising great concerns. We hope the ceasefire will hold, and we hope that the political process that required a lot of contribution will resume. It’s diplomats and not the military who should deal with the settlement,” explained Medvedev.
Russia, along with the US and France, has been mediating the peace talks since 1994, though little progress has been made.
“The status quo is not only unsustainable, it’s unacceptable. And soon there will be naive ideas that somebody has that they can keep it as it is forever or for a long period of time, than it will be more outbreakings of clashes and so on,“Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said at the meeting with his Russian counterpart.
Iran has joined efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict which threatens to destabilise the strategic Caucasus region.