BAKU (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 25th November, 2018) The fact that the leader of the breakaway Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was authorized to enter Russia does damage to the negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peaceful settlement, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"According to an Armenian media report, the 'head' of the self-proclaimed regime created on the occupied Azerbaijani territories has made a visit to the Russian Federation. The fact that a representative of an illegal separatist regime was authorized to enter the territory of the Russian Federation does damage to the efforts on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement via dialogue, while it also contradicts the mediator obligations that Russia has as a co-chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's [OSCE] Minsk Group," the statement, released on the night into Sunday, read.
"In this case, the whole responsibility will fall on the Armenian side," the statement added.
Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azerbaijani region with predominantly Armenian population, proclaimed its independence in 1991, prompting a military conflict, which still remains unsettled. In early April 2016, tensions between Azerbaijani and Nagorno-Karabakh forces escalated, resulting in multiple casualties. Sporadic clashes continue even though the sides promptly agreed to a ceasefire.
The OSCE has been mediating talks on the status of the region since 1992.