Russia’s Putin hosts Azeri, Armenian leaders
Russian President, Vladimir Putin on Monday sat down for talks with Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan over the Nagorno- Karabakh truce.
Putin brought together the leaders for the first time since the truce sealed in November ended six weeks of fighting over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Putin has said it is time to discuss “next steps” regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh truce Moscow brokered, including the work of Russian peacekeepers stationed in the region, demarcation lines and humanitarian issues.
Hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh flared up again on September 27, 2020.
For Russia, the conflict highlighted the rising influence of Ankara in the South Caucasus, part of the former Soviet Union that Moscow has traditionally seen as its own sphere of influence.