The presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, have condemned the escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and called for the cessation of military action in this region, whose sovereignty Armenia and Azerbaijan are at odds, the Kremlin reported in a statement.
The two leaders had a telephone conversation discussing the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh after the clashes in which dozens of soldiers were killed. “They discussed at length the drastic deterioration in the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” the Kremlin noted before explaining that the call was made on the initiative of France.
Macron and Putin have expressed concern about the military actions in the region and called on the parties to the conflict to end the fighting as soon as possible and to exercise maximum containment.
The two heads of state and government have emphasized that the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh can only be resolved through political and diplomatic methods. Macron and Putin also dealt with “the concrete parameters” for cooperation within the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).