April 27, 2018 / 9:38 AM / 4 months ago

Foreign ministers of Russia and Azerbaijan discuss Nagorno-Karabakh

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the settlement of the Azeri-Armenian conflict around Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region with his Azeri counterpart in a phone call on Friday, Russia’s foreign ministry said.

Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous part of Azerbaijan, is run by ethnic Armenians who declared independence during a conflict that broke out as the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991.

Neighboring Armenia, a close ally of Russia, faces a crisis after two weeks of protests against the ruling elite led to the resignation of Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister on Monday.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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