Russian, Turkish FMs agree there is no alternative to peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh problem
MOSCOW. Oct 15 (Interfax) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed in a telephone call on Thursday that there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Following up on regular Russian-Turkish contacts at the top and high levels, the parties substantively discussed the situation surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. The ministers stressed that there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the problem," it said.
Lavrov and Cavusoglu also reaffirmed the need to strictly abide by the provisions of the Moscow statement by the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia of October 10.
"In practical terms, they mentioned the necessity of immediately declaring a ceasefire and agreeing upon mechanisms of control over its observance. They also highlighted the importance of a prompt coordination of steps to resume the negotiating process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group mechanisms aiming to achieve tangible results," it said.
Lavrov and Cavusoglu also discussed other items on the bilateral and international agenda, including Syria and Libya, as well as a schedule of Russian-Turkish contacts.