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Putin, Macron discuss Upper Karabakh conflict by phone

Putin, Macron Discuss Upper Karabakh Conflict By Phone

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on Wednesday with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the situation in the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Putin and Macron have expressed concern over growing tensions in the region, the Kremlin said in a written statement.
The statement added that the two leaders called on the opposing parties to implement an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, defuse tensions and exercise maximum restraint.
They also stressed that the conflict should be resolved through diplomatic means, he said.
Border clashes erupted on Sunday after Armenian forces targeted civilian settlements and Azerbaijani military positions.
Relations between the two former Soviet countries have been strained since 1991 when the Armenian army occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.
Four resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and two resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as numerous international organizations, demand the withdrawal of the occupying forces.
The OSCE Minsk Group – co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States – was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail. A ceasefire, however, was agreed in 1994.
The EU, Russia and NATO, among others, called for an immediate end to clashes along the border.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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