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Russia Supports Talks Between Stepanakert and Baku Without Preconditions: Russian FM

Maria Zakharova

Russia has expressed its unwavering support for the initiation of negotiations between Stepanakert and Baku, signaling a commitment to fostering dialogue and understanding in Artsakh. Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry, underscored Moscow's determination to bridge the divergent perspectives of the parties involved.

Zakharova emphasized the significance of the negotiation process during a press briefing, stating, "We support the launch of negotiations between Stepanakert and Baku. This topic is on the agenda of our contacts with stakeholder parties." This resolute backing for dialogue reflects Russia's active role in advocating for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing tensions.

Russia's involvement extends beyond mere endorsement, as Zakharova highlighted the substantial contributions of Russian peacekeepers in facilitating previous meetings between delegations from both sides. The spokesperson confirmed Russia's continued commitment to supporting this process with the necessary assistance.

Of particular note is Russia's stance on preconditions. Zakharova emphasized that Russia is not imposing any prerequisites for negotiations, emphasizing the importance of open and unconditioned dialogue. Furthermore, she underscored the complexity of the current situation, with markedly contrasting perspectives intensifying the overall atmosphere in Artsakh.

"In the backdrop of the increasing tension in Nagorno-Karabakh," Zakharova elucidated, "Russia isn't making any preconditions and is diligently working in the direction of bringing the approaches of the parties closer to each other." This meticulous effort to reconcile opposing viewpoints underscores Russia's commitment to fostering an environment conducive to productive negotiations.


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