Moscow continues to work at the diplomatic level with Baku and Yerevan on the settlement of the situation with the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh zone. This was announced on Tuesday, October 20, by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
“Work continues to stop military clashes and bring the settlement process into a political and diplomatic channel,” said a Kremlin spokesman.
At the same time, Peskov did not comment on whether negotiations on a meeting of the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia in Moscow are underway.
The day before, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan expressed his readiness to come to Moscow to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh.
In turn, Aliyev noted that he is ready to “put an end to the confrontation and find ways of settlement.”
On October 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the deployment of Russian observers in the NKR. At the same time, the diplomat noted that the decision remains with Baku and Yerevan.
The escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh took place on September 27. Baku and Yerevan, which dispute the ownership of the region, blamed each other for aggravating the conflict.
On October 9, following negotiations held in Moscow at the initiative of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on a ceasefire from 12:00 local time (11:00 Moscow time) on October 10 for humanitarian purposes to exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. However, hostilities resumed on the day appointed for the truce. Baku and Yerevan continued to blame each other for attacks and deaths of civilians.
On October 17, an agreement was reached on a new truce between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It entered into force at midnight on October 18 (23:00 Moscow time on October 17), but a few hours later, Yerevan accused Baku of violating the regime, reporting about artillery and rocket attacks on the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.