Armenian, Russian leaders meet in Sochi

Armenian, Russian leaders meet in Sochi

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian and Russian Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin met in Sochi Saturday, Aug 9 to discuss bilateral ties and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement.

At the meeting, the Armenian leader hailed the friendly and strategic ties with Russia in the context of Yerevan's decision to join the Customs Union and Eurasian Economic Union. The President further informed his Russian counterpart on the activities accomplished on the way to the integration.

The Armenian leader further expressed readiness to discuss the Baku-initiated escalation of tensions at the line of contact and the border with Azerbaijan.

Earlier on August 9, the Russian leader met Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, with the Nagorno Karabakh conflict among issues covered.

A trilateral meeting between the Presidents has been scheduled for August 10, with the Karabakh conflict discussion on the agenda.

Photo from Russian President's Official Website
The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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