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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Moscow, October 12, 2020


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Mr Mnatsakanyan,


We have met to hold planned talks. Your visit, which was coordinated a long time ago, is taking place amid the serious efforts to defuse tension in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone in which many members of the international community are involved.

We spent last Friday and part of Saturday in this building together with you and our Azerbaijani colleague. An important agreement has been reached at the initiative of President of Russia Vladimir Putin. However, we can see that it is not being honoured in full and that hostilities have not stopped. We hope that our contacts with you and our Azerbaijani neighbours, including at the level of our defence ministries, will help us to ensure full compliance with the agreements that have been coordinated in the trilateral format.

Of course, in addition to this most important key matter we will be also discussing the entire range of our bilateral collaboration, the participation of our countries in various integration associations and our interaction on the international stage, including at the UN and the OCSE.

We are delighted to see you. Once again, welcome.



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