The Russian president described the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh as a tragedy and called for an end to military operations.
Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin discussed the situation on the line of contact for the first time since the beginning of escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh, the press service of Aliyev said on Wednesday, October 7. “During a telephone conversation, the heads of state discussed the situation around the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. President Ilham Aliyev and President Vladimir Putin exchanged views on prospects of Azerbaijani-Russian relations,” the report says.
It is noted that Aliyev called Putin to congratulate him on his birthday.
At the same time, on the air of the Russian TV channel Putin, today called the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh a tragedy.
“It is a tragedy. We are very worried because both Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are all territories where people who are not strangers to us live,” he said.
Putin expressed hope that the parties to the conflict would soon cease-fire.
“We hope that this conflict will end in the very near future. But if it is not exhausted definitively – apparently, it is still a long way off – anyway, we call for a ceasefire, and I want to say it once again, we call for a ceasefire, and we need to do it as soon as possible,” the Russian President said.
He noted that the leadership of Armenia has no questions for Russia to fulfill its allied obligations.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Armenia has agreed with Russia on assistance in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.