Vyacheslav Trubnikov, first deputy foreign minister of Russia, called the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement extremely difficult. He said as much Monday when speaking at a press conference in RIA Novosti. According to Trubnikov, neither Armenia, nor Azerbaijan have so far found compromise ways of settling the conflict since both sides proceed solely from their own interests. At the same time, he stressed, Russia is actively probing for ways of settling the crisis. Thus, Trubnikov noted, the Minsk Group of co-chairmen of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, involving Russia, is trying to fill in the interval in the contacts between the two heads of state by working out trust measures. This process is continuing, though, according to Trubnikov, its progress largely depends on the heads of state participating in the negotiation process, i.e. Armenian and Azerbaijanian leaders.