The meeting of religious leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia, which took place in Moscow on October 13, will serve to improve the general situation in the South Caucasus, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

“As you know, this wasn’t the first meeting. Contacts between the religious leaders have been maintained for decades. They are distinguished by the trust. This follows at least from the leaders’ own assessments. We certainly see that this is a unique format, and, undoubtedly, it contributes to deepening mutual understanding between the parties to the inter-confessional dialogue,” Zakharova said.

“The meeting will serve to normalize the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and improve the overall situation in the Transcaucasus, including the building of confidence and solution of urgent humanitarian tasks. Another very important format for overcoming problems is creating concepts and, of course, dialogue,” she added.

As earlier reported, the meeting was held between the Chairman of the CMO Allahshukur Pashazade, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Garegin II Catholicos of All Armenians through the Russian side’s initiative.