Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a series of talks in Moscow this Monday, January 11, with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss the evolution of the ceasefire in the enclave. of Nagorno Karabakh, as the Kremlin announced this Sunday.
“At the initiative of Vladimir Putin, on January 11 there will be three-way negotiations in Moscow between the President of the Russian Federation, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Nikol Pashinián “, according to the note collected by the official Russian news agency Sputnik.
According to the note, the meeting will revolve around the implementation of the tripartite declaration of November 9, 2020 on Nagorno Karabakh and the next steps to solve regional problems, with a special emphasis on assisting the population affected by the recent hostilities. , as well as the unblocking and development of commercial, economic and transport links.
Additionally, Vladimir Putin plans to hold separate meetings with Aliyev and Pashinyan.
The hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh, which flared up again at the end of last September and caused thousands of deaths during a month and a half of fighting, ceased on November 10 under a declaration adopted by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.
By agreement between the parties, Russia sent peacekeepers to the conflict zone, initially for five years. The contingent, of about 2,000 troops, was deployed at the same time as the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the Azeri districts of Agdam, Kelbecer (Kalbajar) and Lachín, occupied during the 1992-1994 war.
According to the tripartite declaration, the parties in conflict must remain in their current positions, carry out an exchange of prisoners of war, other detainees and bodies of the fallen.
The Russian military will exercise control of the dividing line between Armenian and Azeri forces, as well as the Lachin corridor, which connects Nagorno Karabakh with Armenia. For its part, Yerevan will have to guarantee transport between the autonomous republic of Nakhichevan, the enclave between Armenia, Iran and Turkey, and the western areas of Azerbaijan.