Lavrov says that all Mercosur wants to cooperate with the Eurasian Union

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today in Baku that all member countries of Mercosur, as well as other nations of the Latin American region, "queue up" to close agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union (UEE) led by Russia.

Baku, Nov 20 (EFE) .- The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said today in Baku that all Mercosur member countries, as well as other nations of the region Latin America, "queue" to close agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union (UEE) led by Russia.

"We already have a queue of countries that want to close agreements with the Union Eurasian Economic, whether they are free trade or cooperation. Diplomatic Academy of Azerbaijan.

During his visit to Moscow last week, Argentina's foreign minister, Jorge Faurie, opted to promote the agreement between Mercosur and Russia, but also open the door to dialogue between Mercosur and the UEE, led by Moscow and also integrated by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus.

The Common Market of the South (Mercosur) is integrated by Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela, although the status of member of this last country has been suspended since August of this year.

Lavrov started today a tour of two days for Azerbaijan and Armenia during which he will meet with his colleagues: the Azerbaijani Elmar Mamediárov and the Armenian Edvard Nalbandian.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the self-proclaimed secessionist republic of Nagorno Karabakh will be one of the central themes of the meetings.

"We will try to know at what point we are in terms of efforts to solve the Karabakh conflict, "Lavrov himself said last week commenting on his tour of the South Caucasus.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict dates back to the times of the Union Soviet, when that Azerbaijani territory populated mostly by Armenians requested its incorporation to neighboring Armenia, after which a war broke out that caused about 25,000 At the end of the fighting, the Armenian forces took control of the Karabakh and also occupied vast Azerbaijani territories, which they called "security strip" and which it allowed to unite the region to Armenia.

Azerbaijan demands that Armenia leave the occupied territories, which make up about 20% of the total area of �??�??the country.