Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's telephone conversations with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov
On July 13, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had separate telephone conversations with Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov. The officials discussed the escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Sergey Lavrov called for an immediate ceasefire and for the sides to show restraint, taking into consideration their assumed obligations and the proposals of the Russian, US and French representatives as Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that Russia would continue carrying out its mediation mission in contacts with Baku and Yerevan both as a country and as a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. He also pointed out the importance of all members of the Minsk Group showing a responsible approach in assessing the unfolding situation and avoiding declarations or actions that could provoke a further escalation of tensions.