The Kremlin said in a statement that “On the ninth of October, the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia are invited to visit Moscow for consultations,” mediated by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Kremlin added that Putin held talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to “end the fighting in Nagorny Karabakh, for humanitarian reasons, with the aim of exchanging the bodies of the dead and prisoners.”
There was no immediate reaction from Yerevan and Baku, and it was not clear whether the two leaders accepted Moscow’s invitation.
On Thursday, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister arrived in Geneva to meet with the “Minsk” group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Russia, France and the United States) charged with international mediation in this conflict that has been going on for more than 30 years. Nothing has come from this meeting.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to receive his Armenian counterpart next Monday in Moscow.
In the context, Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic of Armenia, said that France, Russia and America “play an important role in bringing the parties back to the negotiating table in the ongoing war between Armenia and Azerbaijan”.
Sarkissian added, in a television statement to the Egyptian “Tin” channel, that Russia “was playing a pivotal role, but the situation now is different,” noting at the same time that “the entry of Turkish forces aggravated the situation, and the Turkish armed forces bombed civilians and ignited the conflict in Nagorny Karabakh. .
He added that Turkey “used Azerbaijanis and became a party to the conflict, until it changed the entire conflict and made it more difficult”.
He said, “The fighting continues and we are communicating with the international community, the United Nations, NATO, France and Russia, all of whom are playing an important role in the ceasefire.”
But he considered that “the biggest problem at present is Turkey,” urging “all parties to pressure it to cease fire and return to negotiations.”
He added, “Turkey says that there are foreign fighters among the Armenians, and this is not true, and the Turks claim that they went there to protect the power stations and gas pipelines, and this is illogical.”