Russia is working hard to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan territorial dispute. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently said that Moscow is actively engaged in mediation efforts in order to resolve the long-standing conflict. In April 2016, the two countries signed a ceasefire agreement that ended a flare-up of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. While the ceasefire has held, there has been no progress in terms of a long-term resolution to the dispute.
Russia, as a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, has sought to facilitate negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan to reach a peaceful settlement. Lavrov has urged both sides to demonstrate restraint and to take steps to reduce tensions. Moscow has also proposed a number of confidence-building measures to help ease the situation, including direct contacts between the two sides.
In recent months, Russia has also provided humanitarian assistance to the two sides. Lavrov has repeatedly stressed that Russia is committed to helping the two countries reach a peaceful resolution to their dispute and is ready to act as a mediator in future negotiations.