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Russia says no changes for Karabakh talks after proposal to involve Turkey

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Moscow, Russia October 12, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that no changes were envisaged to the format for peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh after Azerbaijan proposed that its ally Turkey should be involved.

Lavrov was speaking to reporters in Moscow after talks with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

Mnatsakanyan said that effective peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh, a largely ethnic Armenian-populated enclave within Azerbaijan, would only be possible after a full ceasefire between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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