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Putin hopes for progress in Karabakh settlement

SOCHI, Oct 31 Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan expressed hope for progress in the Karabakh settlement.
The leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will hold a trilateral meeting in Sochi on Monday, where they will discuss the Karabakh settlement, and may also come to the adoption of a document that will form the basis of a future peaceful of the treaty.
“We must talk today on all these issues, and I really hope that we will move forward … I very much hope that today we will be able to take steps forward towards a settlement,” Putin said during negotiations with Pashinyan.

At the end of September 2020, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of a long-term conflict and led to civilian casualties. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 was successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and the bodies of the dead. Yerevan also transferred the Kalbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions to Baku. In addition, Russian peacekeepers have been stationed in the region.

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