The conflict should be resolved on the basis of the Helsinki Final Act, Lavrov added.
“The president and defense minister of Russia have already expressed the country’s position regarding the incidents in Nagorno Karabakh,” the FM said.
Lavrov said that he and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had contacted their counterparts in Baku and Yerevan to express concerns over the conflict unfolding in Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Minister Shoigu and I contacted our colleagues in Baku and Yerevan — the foreign and defense ministers of both countries. We expressed our grave concern and reiterated the Russian president's call to immediately stop violating the ceasefire regime," Lavrov told reporters.
"We hope that our calls were heard," he added.
Though both sides have declared a ceasefire, it seems the firing hasn’t been ceased completely, Lavrov said, noting that Moscow maintains contacts with Baku and Yerevan to achieve the reduction of the tension.
The Russian FM recalled the joint statement issued by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs two days ago.
“Ideas voiced in that statement suit the Russian leadership’s position. As for the Minsk Group, this is a big mechanism. Changing the tripartite (co-chairs) is not appropriate,” he said.
The Russian PM compared the OSCE Minsk Group’s activities to those of the Normandy format on the Ukrainian conflict and the International SyriaSupport Group dealing with the Syrian conflict.
“If so, there is no need to speak out against the role of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and cast shadow on what they have achieved over the last decade. But there are some who do so. They are the ones who seek to complicate the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, turning a blind eye to approaches to settling the conflict,” Lavrov stressed.