Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents discuss developments on Azerbaijan-Armenia border
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the incident on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
The two leaders stressed that they were in favor of resolving the issue through political and diplomatic means, the Kremlin said in a statement.
“The Russian side will continue to play a mediating role and provide advisory assistance aimed at reaching an agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the start of the process of delimitation and demarcation of the state border”, did he declare.
Armenia protested after the Azerbaijani army set up some sites in Lachin and Kalbajar provinces which were freed from Armenian occupation last year.
Aliyev said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan “overreacted”.
Moscow said this happened due to the lack of a border for some time and suggested it would help with border demarcation.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been strained since 1991, when the Armenian army occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
Last year, the conflict escalated again and lasted for six weeks, culminating in a truce negotiated by Russia.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan liberated several strategic cities and nearly 300 of its settlements and villages from Armenian occupation. The two countries signed an agreement negotiated by Russia on November 10 to end the fighting and work towards a comprehensive resolution.
A joint Turkish-Russian center has been created to monitor the truce. Russian peacekeeping troops have also been deployed to the region.
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