Putin discusses Karabakh with Aliyev and Pashinyan

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia November 24, 2020. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS

Russian leader separately talks to Azerbaijani, Armenian leaders also to discuss further steps for humanitarian assistance

The Russian president on Tuesday had separate phone talks with Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin exchanged opinions with Ilham Aliyev and Nikol Pashinyan on Russian peacekeepers' work in the region and further steps to provide humanitarian assistance, the Kremlin said in a statement.

"They also discussed issues of economic cooperation and unblocking transport communications in the region," it added.

Relations between the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, a territory recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.

After new clashes erupted on Sept. 27, the Armenian army continued attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces and even violated humanitarian cease-fire agreements.

Baku liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages from Armenian occupation during the 44-day conflict.

On Nov. 10, the two countries signed a Russia-brokered agreement to end fighting and work toward a comprehensive resolution.

The truce is seen as a victory for Azerbaijan, and a defeat for Armenia.

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