Russian and Turkish President hold telephonic conversation over Armenia-Azerbaijan border tensions, call for peaceful resolution

During a telephonic conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on July 27, both the leaders spoke in favour of resolving the Armenia-Azerbaijan border tensions through peaceful means.

Armed clashes, which erupted earlier in the month of July, in the region between the two countries, have caused multiple deaths.

In an official press release, the Kremlin said that both Putin and Erdogan expressed their interest in coordinating efforts to achieve stabilization in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on the importance of preventing any steps that could cause an escalation in the tensions. Both Putin and Erdogan stressed that there is no other alternative than peace to these escalated tensions.

President Putin and President Erdogan have underlined the lack of alternatives to a political or diplomatic settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of international law and in the interests of both the Armenian and Azerbaijani people.

Since 1988, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there have been occasional minor clashes along the borders.

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