Official speeches and statements - October 1, 2020
The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
We deplore the loss of human lives and extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured.
We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the relevant military forces.
We also call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit without delay to resuming substantive negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions, under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
We were deeply concerned to learn of the 13-year prison sentence handed down by the Karelia Supreme Court against historian Yuri Dmitriev.
This sentence strikes at a historian and human rights advocate known for his work on Stalin-era mass graves.
As the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs emphasized in his speech at Charles University in Prague on 6 December 2019, where academic freedom is threatened, democracy and peace are in danger. That is why researchers must be able to work freely.
Mr. Dmitriev’s sentence is especially troubling in that his health has deteriorated significantly since the beginning of his detention.
Along with its EU partners, France is calling for Yuri Dmitriev’s immediate release. The French authorities will continue to closely monitor developments in Mr. Dmitriev’s situation. (...)