On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held tripartite talks with leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Nagorno Karabakh issue, according to Sputnik news agency.
During their meeting, Putin said the Russian mediation efforts aim at a permanent ceasefire in Karabakh, where the agreement is being implemented gradually, underlining the importance of defining the next steps for the settlement.
"I would like to thank you for your positive response to the mediation efforts made by the Russian side, which were aimed at helping to stop the bloodshed, stabilizing the situation, and achieving a sustainable ceasefire," he added.
Earlier, Kremlin said in a statement that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian will discuss outstanding issues and implementation of the ceasefire agreement.
“Special attention will be paid to providing assistance to residents of areas that suffered as a result of the hostilities and unblocking and developing trade and transport links,” the statement said, adding that Putin will also meet with the two leaders separately.
Two months ago, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia signed an agreement to end the military conflict over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
It follows six weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians.