BERLIN (Sputnik) — Russia will play a key role in solving the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.
"Russia will, of course, play a key role in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We will use our contacts to support the Russian government, as well as the American and the French ones — co-chairs of the Minsk group — in solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Merkel said at a joint press conference with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, populated mostly by ethnic Armenians, proclaimed its independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1992–1994, during a military conflict with the self-proclaimed republic supported by Armenia, Azerbaijan lost control over the region.