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Erdogan told Putin that Armenia had to negotiate Nagorno-Karabakh



ANKARA / MOSCOW (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday that Armenia must be persuaded to negotiate during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan and call for a reconciliation average, said the Turkish President.

At least 1,000 people died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain area recognized internationally as part of Azerbaijan but was populated by and Armenians. Erdogan has previously said that Turkey and Russia can work together to resolve the conflict.

In a statement, President Erdogan told Putin in a phone call that Armenia had to withdraw from the Azeri land it was occupying and “stated that the Armenian leadership must be persuaded to sit at the negotiating table”

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In a separate statement, the Kremlin said Putin had informed Erdogan of his conversations with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, adding that “these exchanges were focused on finding options for a quick end to hostile actions and to resolve political and diplomatic “.

It said: “The willingness to cooperate to reach a peaceful resolution of the conflict has been confirmed.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also held a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to discuss the matter, Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

The conflict underlined the influence of Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, in the region of the former Soviet Union dominated by Moscow, which has a defense treaty with Armenia. It also threatens the security of the oil and gas pipelines in Azeri.

The three cease-fire has failed to stop the deadliest fighting in the South Caucasus for over 25 years. Both sides accused each other of carrying out the attacks within hours of the deal.

(Report by Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow; Edited by Catherine Evans and Giles Elgood)


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