The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has invited the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia to Moscow for peace talks.
In a statement released on Friday October 9, 2020, the president stated that, “The president of Russia is issuing a call to halt the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on humanitarian grounds in order to exchange dead bodies and prisoners.”
The statement declared that, Putin held a series of phone talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
It also stated that, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would mediate the peace talks.”
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.
New clashes erupted on September 27, but international calls for a halt to the fighting have gone unanswered.
Armenia has continued its attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces.