Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s Emmanuel Macron called for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces around the Nagorno-Karabakh region, following a call.
The parties discussed future steps that the Minsk OSCE group could take to de-escalate the conflict in the region and called for resolution through diplomatic means, a Kremlin statement said.
A French Presidency source said the two presidents shared the same concern regarding Turkey’s sending of Syrian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Russia’s foreign ministry said yesterday that Syrian and Libyan fighters from illegal armed groups were being sent to the region.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the confrontation, going into a sixth day, including many civilians on both sides, as fighting is spreading beyond the disputed region.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have rejected talks.