Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has confirmed Moscow's readiness to provide advisory services to Baku and Yerevan on the delimitation of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, NEWS.am reports.
"The Russian side is ready to provide advisory services on the issue of border delimitation," Lavrov said Friday in Baku at a briefing following talks with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
He positively assessed the work of the trilateral working group on the level of the deputy prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia to unblock communications in the South Caucasus, Interfax-Azerbaijan reported.
The minister noted that the Armenian side reiterated its commitment within the framework of border delimitation. "We are now discussing the issue of the date of the meetings. I have received confirmation from the Armenian side that the border delimitation process is very important," the Foreign Minister said.
Lavrov noted that the OSCE Minsk Group ceased its activities at the initiative of the U.S. and French sides.
In his turn, Bayramov said that the normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia cannot be held hostage to the format.
"Since February 2022, the format of interaction between the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group has been completely paralyzed for well-known reasons. And we received this information from different sources, including our Russian partners, but not only. In this situation, Azerbaijan's position is that our priority is to achieve a long-term, durable and sustainable peace in the region. And from that prism, the process cannot be held hostage to the format. Naturally, we cannot be guided by a non-existent format," he said.