Mon, 21 Jun 2021

MOSCOW, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a recent territorial dispute on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border in a telephone conversation with Armenia's Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday night, the Kremlin said Friday in a statement.

Putin said it is necessary to comply with the ceasefire regime agreed upon earlier within the joint statements by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to the statement.

Russia is willing to act as a mediator and facilitate contacts between Yerevan and Baku amid a recent escalation between both sides, Putin added.

Pashinyan thanked the Russian president and called for "a constructive dialogue and interaction aimed at resolving any emerging problems solely by peaceful, political and diplomatic means," the Kremlin said.

Pashinyan on Wednesday accused Azerbaijani forces of crossing Armenia's border and said this was "an encroachment on the sovereign territory" of the country.

Azerbaijan called the claim provocative and assured it was committed to "defusing tensions in the region."

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