MOSCOW, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Wednesday called for immediate action from Armenia and Azerbaijan to restore peace in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area.
According to a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia is seriously concerned about the military clashes in the northwest Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan. It said the clashes would by no means be allowed to escalate into large-scale combat and spill over into neighboring regions.
On Tuesday, Armenian and Azerbaijani troops exchanged fire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area, causing the deaths of three Azeri soldiers.
Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan said the incident wasa serious violation of the ceasefire agreement adopted by the two sides in 1994.
The territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is a region in Azerbaijan populated mostly by ethnic Armenians.
Armed conflict broke out in the early 1990s between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the region's status after it declared independence, which was not recognized by the international community.
A Russian-brokered ceasefire halted the fighting in 1994, but the dispute remains unresolved.