Putin calls on Azerbaijan and Armenia to reach peace

In the wake of renewed clashes that left many dead on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the two countries to find a peaceful solution to the conflict at a summit in Sochi.

“Unfortunately, there are still casualties,” Putin said Friday.

Putin met Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in crisis talks Friday afternoon.

Putin stated that the situation needed to be de-escalated, and after that it would develop in such a way that people could live in peace”.

We agree that we will work on defining and demarcating the borders in the near future,” he said, adding that it will be a difficult task.

Aliyev and Pashinyan expressed their readiness to hold discussions on this issue.

The demarcation of the border, which is hotly contested in many places, continues to be a cause of tension.

In all, he had killed more than 10 people during skirmishes that took place a week and a half ago.

Since last year’s war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, large parts of which were retaken by Azerbaijan, frequent violent clashes have erupted along the border.

Russian peacekeeping forces are implementing a tense ceasefire between the two countries.

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