Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone conversations with the Prime Minister on October 8 of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
As reported in The Kremlin, the Russian president Vladimir Putin called on Baku and Yerevan to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh “for humanitarian reasons in order to exchange bodies of the dead and prisoners.”
On October 9, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been invited to Moscow for consultations on a truce with the mediation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On the morning of September 27, the Karabakh conflict flared up with renewed vigor. The parties to the conflict – Armenia, and Azerbaijan – accused each other of offensive actions and rocket attacks on residential areas in the Artsakh region (present-day Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent territories).
Both states declared martial law, and Armenia also declared general mobilization.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988 when the predominantly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR. Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan – are under the occupation of the armed forces of Armenia. In May 1994, the parties reached a ceasefire. The territorial conflict has not yet been resolved.
Baku launched an offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh, seeking to restore sovereignty over the region. The coming days will show whether Azerbaijan will be able to achieve its goal. In the meantime, the Azerbaijani army took control of six settlements in the region and several strategic heights in the conflict zone. Read about what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh in the article by Vladimir Kravchenko “Autumn aggravation”.