Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to create a working group on Nagorno-Karabakh outside the OSCE Minsk Group. CNN Turk reported this with reference to a Turkish diplomatic source.
According to the channel, Putin welcomed the proposal for a bilateral format. It is reported that a future new group will work on measures to resolve the conflict – those that will be adopted after the ceasefire.
The fact that the heads of state held telephone talks on the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia became known a day earlier. Following them, the talks were held by the foreign ministers of Turkey and the Russian Federation.
On October 22, Putin stated that Russia takes a position on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh that would allow it to enjoy the confidence of both sides. According to him, Russia has always had special ties not only with Armenia, but also with Azerbaijan.
Armed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) began on September 27. Yerevan and Baku accused each other of escalating the conflict.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, the majority of whose population were Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, after which a war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), mediated by Russia, signed a truce protocol, but hostilities are periodically resumed.