Putin, Trump and Macron call for ceasefire in Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French leader Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have called for an immediate end to hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Kremlin press service reported.

“We call for an immediate end to hostilities between the armed forces of the parties involved,” the presidents said in a statement posted on the Kremlin’s website.

The leaders condemn in the strongest terms the aggravation of the situation in Karabakh.

“The Russian President, the US President and the French President, representing the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, condemn in the strongest terms the escalation of violence on the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” the statement said.

The heads of state also expressed condolences to the families of those killed and wounded in Karabakh.

“We mourn the victims and express our condolences to the families of those killed and wounded,” the statement said.

Putin, Trump and Macron called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit themselves and pledge to resume negotiations without setting preconditions with the assistance of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in parliament, said that he considers the aspiration of the OSCE Minsk Group to achieve a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh unacceptable.

September 27. Participants in the conflict reported that there were casualties and injuries on both sides, including civilians. The Armenian authorities introduced martial law, announced the mobilization of reservists, and also limited the departure of men outside the republic. Azerbaijan has decided to introduce martial law throughout the country.
Turkey has stated that it is ready to support Azerbaijan both at the negotiating table and on the battlefield. The Kremlin stressed that any statements about military support for Azerbaijan or Armenia add fuel to the conflict between the countries.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia is doing everything to bring the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh out of the acute phase, maintaining contacts with both Azerbaijan and Armenia.