Protesters hold a rally to demand of authorities to hand over weapons to volunteers willing to support residents of Kyrgyzstan’s southern Batken province following clashes with Tajik troops, near the government house in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 1, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held telephone conversations with his Kyrgyz and Tajik counterparts on Saturday to discuss the armed clashes on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.

According to a press release, Lavrov said Russia welcomes the agreements reached by the parties to resolve the conflict exclusively by political and diplomatic means.

He expressed hope that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will honor their commitments in the interests of fully normalizing the situation and restoring an atmosphere of trust and good-neighborliness.

Lavrov said Russia is ready to continue to provide all necessary assistance to this settlement.