Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to Moscow to hold talks on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Military political scientist Andrei Koshkin, in an interview with REN TV, commented on a possible meeting of ministers.
According to him, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is extremely difficult, there are bloody battles. Against this background, negotiations between the foreign ministers of the two countries are unlikely to be able to stop the states’ uncivilized approach to the conflict resolution.
However, Koshkin noted that the meeting “will allow to cool the hot heads of the managers of these large-scale clashes and put them at the negotiating table for political and diplomatic relations that need to be built between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
Earlier on October 8, Vladimir Putin called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh for humanitarian reasons with the aim of exchanging bodies of the dead and prisoners.
He also invited the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia to Moscow on October 9 for consultations on these issues with the mediation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On October 7, during an interview, Putin said that the events in Nagorno-Karabakh are a real tragedy. He also expressed the hope that the conflict would soon be ended, and added that Moscow calls on the parties to a ceasefire.
Another aggravation of the conflict in Karabakh took place on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other for shelling and death of civilians.
In 1988, the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region of Azerbaijan, inhabited mainly by Armenians, announced its secession from this republic of the SSR. In the course of the armed confrontation, Baku lost control over the region and seven adjacent areas.