Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian Foreign Minister; We Have No Specific Plan to Settle Karabakh Conflict

Russian Foreign Minister; We Have No Specific Plan to Settle Karabakh Conflict

"We propose to all to calm down and freeze all confrontational actions, first of all, actions related to military operations including launching missiles, testing nuclear weapons and organizing large-scale maneuvers, which the United States, South Korea and Japan are conducting in this region", Lavrov said at a press conference.

"We are expecting some positive impulses coming from both countries - Armenia and Azerbaijan", he added.

"It seems to me that despite President [Donald] Trump's line during the election campaign, this legacy, unfortunately, has been preserved in the actions of the current USA administration, becoming even more saturated, more assertive in some ways, and there is a fear of fair competition in a number of areas: energy, gas supplies to Europe", Lavrov said on Monday, RT reported.

Meanwhile, Lavrov denied that Russian Federation was invited to join in the upcoming ministerial meeting in Canada on the Korean Peninsula.

"The United States quite plainly says that the military confrontation is inevitable, however, everyone understands the catastrophic consequences of such recklessness", he said. The deal obliges Iran to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for eased sanctions.

Russia emphasizes easing of tension in Karabakh conflict zone
Russian Foreign Minister; We Have No Specific Plan to Settle Karabakh Conflict

He warned that any change will be unacceptable for Tehran and the collapse of the deal could harm dialogue with North Korea.

According to the diplomat, Russia, along with other participants of the process, is trying to find common approaches to the conflict and at the same time "hinting compromises" that can reduce the parties' positions to a common denominator on issues they reach a common ground.

"They are being promised that sanctions will be lifted if they give up their nuclear programme".

Lavrov laughed when CNN asked if he regretted Trump's ascension to the presidency, given the diplomatic tumult, and whether he might now prefer it if Hillary Clinton had won the election. "We work with facts, and facts are what we have today, so we just do what needs to be done to advance Russia's interests under the current circumstances", he responded.

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