Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday for reaching a compromise on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
The two leaders met in the Russian capital where Aliyev arrived for a working visit, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin stressed that the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement remains one of the most important on the regional agenda.
“I know you, of course, are very careful, [attach] importance [to the conflict settlement], and I want to thank you for finding compromise solutions, ”he said. “They’re always the toughest, but if we want – and we all want – a settlement, then we have to go this route. So far we have managed to do this, for which I want to thank you.
Aliyev thanked Putin for his attention to the settlement and said he was determined to make the post-conflict period as smooth as possible.
“In the last eight months after the end of hostilities, I believe that our personal communication – both to Moscow in January and by telephone – has played a very important role in stabilizing the situation. We are determined to do so. so that the post-conflict period continues. as painlessly as possible. I think we are able to do it together, “he said.
Relations between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been strained since 1991, when the Armenian army occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of the ‘Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
New clashes erupted last September and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.
During the 44-day conflict that ended under an agreement signed on November 10, Azerbaijan liberated several towns and nearly 300 settlements and villages from Armenia’s nearly three-decade occupation.