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Russia: Putin talks Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijani President Aliyev 01:45

Russia: Putin talks Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijani President Aliyev

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
June 20, 2016 at 16:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in St. Petersburg, Monday.

The Azerbaijani leader thanked Putin for "the constructive role which Russia plays in resolving the conflict." "The conflict is protracted and according to Russia and other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the status quo is unacceptable and we fully support this statement," Aliyev said, before adding that "in order to change the status quo it is necessary to start the de-occupation of the Azerbaijani territory which has been under occupation for more than 20 years."

Earlier on Monday, Putin held a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan who stressed that Armenia "wants this problem to be solved peacefully."

The long-held ceasefire, operating in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1994, was violated on April 1 with Armenia and Azerbaijan each blaming the other for the resumption of hostilities. Shuttle diplomacy by both Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as well as others, has helped lead to a cessation of hostilities.

Russia: Putin talks Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijani President Aliyev 01:45
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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in St. Petersburg, Monday.

The Azerbaijani leader thanked Putin for "the constructive role which Russia plays in resolving the conflict." "The conflict is protracted and according to Russia and other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the status quo is unacceptable and we fully support this statement," Aliyev said, before adding that "in order to change the status quo it is necessary to start the de-occupation of the Azerbaijani territory which has been under occupation for more than 20 years."

Earlier on Monday, Putin held a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan who stressed that Armenia "wants this problem to be solved peacefully."

The long-held ceasefire, operating in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1994, was violated on April 1 with Armenia and Azerbaijan each blaming the other for the resumption of hostilities. Shuttle diplomacy by both Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as well as others, has helped lead to a cessation of hostilities.

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