Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the belief on Thursday that the Karabakh ceasefire agreement would be implemented.
"I am sure that the integrity of this agreement will be preserved and it will be implemented. At least, I see that multiple political forces in Armenia understand what happens and make proper conclusions," Lavrov said at a press conference, noting that Russia sees no evidence of anyone trying to violate the agreements.
The status of Nagorno-Karabakh will depend on the ethnic and confessional composition of the region, Russia is against any "artificial deadlines," minister stressed.
"We assume that the status will be determined depending on what actions we should implement to restore the ethnic and confessional harmony in Nagorno-Karabakh," Lavrov said at a press conference, stressing that Russia "sets no artificial deadlines."
The Russian-Turkish joint center for monitoring the Karabakh ceasefire will be operating remotely, and no Turkish peacekeepers will be deployed to Karabakh, Lavrov.
"The centre will operate exclusively remotely, using technical means for objective control, including UAVs and other technologies that help assess the situation on the ground in Karabakh, first of all on the contact line, and determine which side complies with the ceasefire agreement and which one violates its conditions," Lavrov said in his interview for Russian and foreign media.
Commenting on Turkish officials' statements, the Russian foreign minister stressed no Turkish peacekeepers would be present in Karabakh.
"The mobility of the Turkish observers will be limited by the buildings [of the Russian-Turkish monitoring centre] on the Azerbaijani territory, not on the territory where the conflict was ongoing ... As for statements made in the [Turkish parliament] that they will be working on the same grounds as Russians, this only about the center that will be located on the Azerbaijani territory, without any visiting missions," Lavrov added.
Delegations from France and the United States will pay a visit to Moscow in the coming days to hold consultations on Karabakh and discuss the recently reached agreements, Lavrov stressed.
Russia has invited the United Nations Security Council to welcome the Karabakh ceasefire, pointing to the fact that the agreements are in line with the initiatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group, Lavrov noted at a press conference.
"We certainly do not want to distance from our American and French colleagues. Moreover, we have invited them to Moscow, and they will be here in the coming days for detailed talks on how they can promote the implementation of the reached agreements," Lavrov said.
According to Lavrov, Russia is already in talks with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other UN bodies, and the ICRC, which "cooperates closely with all the countries on humanitarian problems."
"We have communicated with the ICRC chiefs in Geneva, and we will receive the ICRC president in Moscow next week. We will discuss ways for the Red Cross to resume its operation in the current conditions, in particular, to promote the exchange of bodies and the return of refugees, hostages and other held people," Lavrov said at a press conference.
Lavrov refuted on Thursday as "blatant lies" claims that his country is interested in the continuation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Karabakh.
Some people are "euphoric" while others are "hysterical" after the new Karabakh ceasefire deal, claiming that Russia has "lost the Caucasus, and Crimea will be next", Lavrov noted. The minister noted that even some Russian liberal media outlets are accusing Moscow of "betrayal."
"There were claims that Russia is more then any other country interested in the continuation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, that Russia used to delay [crisis settlement] for years. This is a blatant lie," Lavrov said at a press conference.
Moscow will get UNESCO involved in the settlement in Karabakh region to preserve cultural heritage, he added.
"We will of course involve UNESCO to restore the cultural heritage, to ensure that it is respected," Lavrov told an online press concerned.
Russia is also planning to get the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) involved.