Safaryan suggested that the leadership of Azerbaijan had sought to wring concessions from Armenia in the run-up to the meeting. “Through such an escalation Azerbaijan is blackmailing the international community and the Armenian side before the meeting,” he told AFP. The Karabakh peace talks are mediated by the so-called OSCE Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States. The US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick, expressed concern over the violence on Friday. “We are seriously concerned about the recent upsurge in violence along the line of contact.
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