Nagorno-Karabakh conflict started with “brutal crimes” against Armenian people, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on October 22 in a televised speech in “Valday” Discussion Club.
“This conflict started not as an interstate conflict or a struggle for territories, but as an ethnic confrontation,” the Public Radio of Armenia quoted the Russian President as saying, “unfortunately, this is a fact when cruel crimes were committed against the Armenian people in Sumgait and then in Nagorno-Karabakh.”
Putin added that no one is interested in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict more than Russia. Moreover, he noted that Russia doesn’t share Turkey’s stand on the issue.
The Russian President also revealed that almost 5,000 people have died since the outbreak of the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27.
“According to our data, the number of deaths on both sides is almost 2,000, the total number of deaths is already nearing 5,000,” Putin said.
Putin said he is in constant communication with both Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev.
The Russian capital, Moscow, is hosting direct talks between the foreign ministers of Armenian and Azerbaijan. Two humanitarian ceasefires have been agreed upon, thus far. Both collapsed within a few days.
Russia is playing a leading role in Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks. Nevertheless, a settlement doesn’t appear to be near.
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