Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the escalation in the Karabakh conflict zone in a telephone conversation on Monday, the Russian Foreig Ministry has said.
"It was agreed that Russia, the U.S. and France, as the co-chairs of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] Minsk Group, should intensify their efforts to assist in resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," the ministry said on its website.
"Lavrov and Kerry have condemned the attempts by certain 'outside players' to instigate a confrontation around Karabakh," reads the statement.
The foreign policy chiefs "expressed serious concern over the escalation of the standoff in Nagorno-Karabakh, having reaffirmed their urgent call for immediate ceasefire," the ministry said.
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