Armenian and Azerbaijani Ministers for Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov arrived in Moscow on Monday to hold talks with their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov held a bilateral meeting with Mnatsakanyan earlier on Monday morning.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group from the US and France will also attend the meeting.

The previous meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan was organised by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, held in Vienna on March 29.

The Nagorno-Karabakh territorial and ethnic conflict dates back to 1988, when the region, a predominantly Armenian mountainous region that was part of Azerbaijan, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994.

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