Azerbaijan Grateful to Russia for Helping Settle Karabakh Conflict

© Sputnik / Karo Saakian / Go to the mediabankThe village of Talish in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone
The village of Talish in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone - Sputnik International
Azerbaijan is grateful to Russia for helping resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.

A soldier of the defense army of Nagorny Karabakh walks past tanks at a field position outside the village of Mataghis, some 70km north of Karabakh's capital Stepanakert, on April 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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BAKU (Sputnik) – Azerbaijan is grateful to Russia for helping resolve the crisis in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, parliament speaker Ogtay Asadov said Friday.

"We are grateful to Russia for its assistance in resolving the Armenian-Azeri, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijan supports peace in the region," Asadov said, as quoted by the Azertac news agency.

The conflict in mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area erupted in 1988 when it sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. It proclaimed independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The warring sides agreed to a cessation of hostilities in 1994.

Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh deteriorated in April, with Armenian and Azeri sides accusing each other of provocations and attacks. On April 5, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in Moscow under the Russian mediation.

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