Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the role of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the negotiations on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. He gave an interview on the air of the radio station “Moscow speaking”.
According to the diplomat, at the decisive moment, Putin made his contribution to the talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia to resolve the situation. The head of the department added that the president “controlled the night vigils” and even talked with Lavrov for several hours in the middle of the night. According to the minister, the negotiations were unique.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a truce and agreed to begin an exchange of prisoners and killed after the ceasefire came into force. The parties decided to cease fire from noon on October 10.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) escalated sharply on September 27. Azerbaijan reported that Armenian forces fired at its positions and settlements on the contact line and announced a counteroffensive. Armenia, in turn, blamed the Azerbaijani military for the attack on Artsakh.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, the majority of whose population were Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, a war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, with the mediation of Russia, signed a truce protocol. However, hostilities periodically resume.