Putin reveals steps to repair Armenia-Azerbaijan battle

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to correctly demarcate their border, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday, following Sochi talks with the leaders of every nation, aimed toward bringing the decades-long battle to an finish.

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Armenia’s PM Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev had been hosted by Putin within the southern Russian resort metropolis of Sochi on Friday. Ahead of the trilateral talks, Putin held separate talks with Aliev, and later spoke tete-a-tete with Pashinyan after the three-way assembly.

The talks proved to be very “constructive”, Russia’s president stated after the closed-doors assembly with the 2 leaders, revealing that the rivals had managed to seek out widespread floor on a number of points, together with the institution of a correct border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“We have agreed on a number of issues that I consider to be key,” Putin said. “The first of them is the creation of mechanisms (we agreed to do this by the end of this year) for the demarcation and delimitation of the border between the two countries. Hope this happens as soon as possible. There are no obstacles to the creation of these mechanisms.”

The events have additionally “made a significant progress” on humanitarian points, Putin stated, with out offering any additional element. Development of financial ties, and “unblocking transport corridors,” together with railway and roads within the area, have been mentioned “in great detail” as effectively.

The trilateral talks come shortly after lethal border skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijani militaries that occurred earlier that month. The clashes resulted in soldier deaths and lack of navy {hardware} on either side, prompting fears that the state of affairs could spin into one other full-blown battle.

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Azerbaijan and Armenia stay locked in a battle all through their fashionable unbiased historical past. The primary supply of rivalry between the 2 nations is the Nagorno-Karabakh – a area within the japanese a part of Azerbaijan, predominantly populated by ethnic Armenians and bordering Armenia.

The traditionally disputed area broke away from Azerbaijan following a bloody battle within the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, repeatedly turning into the scene of armed escalations between the 2 nations. The newest main one occurred within the area final 12 months, leading to Azerbaijan regaining management over huge components of the disputed territory.

The combating led to an uneasy truce mediated by Moscow, with Russian peacekeepers deployed to watch the settlement. The consequence was broadly perceived by the Armenians as a humiliating defeat, prompting mass-protests in opposition to Pashinyan’s authorities.

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