Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian presidential meeting starts in Sochi

An Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian presidential meeting has started in Sochi, Russia, Armenian Presidential Spokesman Ara Saghatelyan reports on his Twitter page. 

The trilateral meeting between the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan focused on the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh started Sunday in the Bocharov Ruchey residence in Russia’s southern resort city of Sochi, RIA novosti reports.

The meeting comes amid sharp ratcheting up of tensions along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijan which led to casualties on the both sides.

On Saturday, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian leader Serzh Sargsyan held separate meetings with Vladimir Putin. During the negotiations the warring sides exchanged opinions on the situation in the region. Aliyev said that the conflict has dragged on and required an immediate solution and Sargsyan blamed the Azari side for “intentional escalation of the situation.”

Moscow in its turn also expressed concerns about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which, according to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov remains “tense and volatile.”

According to the Defense Ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, recent attacks in the past days have claimed the lives of 25 Azeri and five Armenian soldiers. The Azeri side insists it has lost 12 servicemen.

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