Russia has offered to host peace talks between Armenia-Azerbaijan in the Nagorno and Karabakh conflict region.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with the two governments. In the phone call, he offered the two sides of peace talks. He also called for an end to the war.
Armenia-Azerbaijan has been embroiled in conflict in the disputed region since last Sunday. Hundreds of people have been killed so far in the conflict. This is the biggest fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in recent years.
Russia’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that Sergei Lavrov had called the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. In the phone call, he told the foreign ministers of the two countries that Russia was interested in holding peace talks to end the war.
In a separate phone call, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with French President Emmanuel Makhon about the war in Azerbaijan and Armenia. Both leaders reiterated the call of world powers for an immediate ceasefire.
Russia has a military alliance with Armenia. Russia has an army installation in the nation. On the other hand, Russia also has close relations with the government of Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities immediately. The UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting on Tuesday to discuss the war. The meeting called for an end to the fighting. Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on both sides to end the fighting.
The mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh was part of Azerbaijan during the Soviet era. In a war in the early 1990s, ethnic Armenian separatists occupied the region with the help of Armenia.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have long had hostile relations over Nagorno-Karabakh. That tension is at its peak now. The situation on the border between the two countries reached a state of war after heavy clashes between Yerevan and Azeri forces last Sunday.
The two countries have blamed each other for the latest escalation of tensions and tensions. Armenia says, Azeri forces first fired at their forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan alleges that Armenian forces were the first to fire on the Azeri army and civilian installations in the country.
The amount of casualties on both sides in the conflict is not yet clear. But, the Armenian Defense Ministry said an unknown number of civilians had been killed in the attack.