"Amid the continuing difficult situation around the Nagorno-Karabakhsettlement, Russia played an active role in mediating between the sides of the conflict, using all available tools, including the high-level meetings,” the Russian foreign ministry said. “These initiatives were thoroughly discussed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Yerevan in April and Baku in June. The Armenian foreign minister paid an official visit to Moscow in April, while the Azerbaijani foreign minister in May. The initiatives were discussed during these visits."
"In a statement of the heads of the delegations of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries (Russia, US, France) at a meeting of theOSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade in early December, the sides were urged to reaffirm the commitment to the peaceful settlement of the conflict and continue the work aimed at achieving the comprehensive settlement on the basis of the existing proposals," the ministry said.