Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders for talks
MOSCOW-Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders for talks on Friday. The three are expected to discuss ways to resolve tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev held bilateral talks in the southern city of Sochi. After that, the Russian president will sit down with Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Pashinyan, and then have a separate bilateral meeting with Pashinyan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are caught in a decades-long dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. The region is located in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of the Armenian National Army supported by Armenia since the end of the separatist war in 1994 .
The Azerbaijani army defeated the Armenian army in 44 days of fierce fighting in the fall of 2020, and finally ended with a peace agreement mediated by Russia. Azerbaijan gained control of most of Nagorno-Karabakh and regained control of the Armenian army. All regions outside of separatist regions.
Russia has deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for at least five years to monitor the peace agreement.
The peace agreement was celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan, but was regarded as a betrayal by the Armenian opposition. Pashinyan believes that this is the only way to prevent the Armenian army from losing control of the entire Nagorno-Karabakh area.
Pahinyan and Aliyev are also expected to hold EU-sponsored talks in Brussels on December 15.