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Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Putin hosts 1st post-war talks with Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders

CA, 12 Jan 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday brought together the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan for the first time since war broke out last year over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in an effort to resolve problems that risk undermining the peace deal that ended the conflict.

The ceasefire agreement in November halted the six-week conflict between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces, locking in territory for Azerbaijan.

But tensions persist, with low-level sporadic violence, prisoners of war still held by both sides, and ambiguity about how a prospective transport corridor through the region will work.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said it had not been possible to broker an exchange of remaining prisoners.

Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev did not shake hands during the meeting, only exchanging curt greetings when they sat down in the Kremlin opposite Putin.

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