Russia on April 7 swiftly took charge as a conciliator in the Armenia-Azerbaijan fight, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the ground in Baku, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on his way to Yerevan and President Vladimir Putin sending his “warmest greetings.”
Lavrov said that Moscow had worked at all levels to end what some call the “April Fool’s War” or the “Four-Day War,” a bloody bout of fighting between Azerbaijanis and ethnic Armenians over the breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region and surrounding territory occupied by Armenian and separatist forces.
“At every level, from president to prime minister, to foreign ministry, to defense ministry, to joint chiefs of staff, we did everything to help the sides arrive at a ceasefire agreement,” Lavrov said on April 7, as he met Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the Azerbaijani capital. The trip was announced in March, before the latest violence began.
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