Russia's Lavrov visiting Armenia, Azerbaijan next week

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan, Lavrov himself has said.

"My visits to Yerevan and Baku are planned for the very beginning of next week. The stopovers are first and foremost to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan", Lavrov has said, according to TASS. "Armenia builds its political relations, and we have no plan to interfere in that country's internal affairs, but, knowing Israel, we are confident that its actions are not directed towards establishment of stability, therefore, we urge our Armenian friends to carefully follow Israel's actions in the region, we are convinced that Armenia is informed about this issue".

"We will talk about regional and global problems".

Russia, along with the US and France, is a co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group established to broker a peace to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.