Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss settlement of Karabakh conflict

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 11 November 2020 15:04 (UTC +04:00)
Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss settlement of Karabakh conflict

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 11


Russian Defense Minister, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held the second telephone talks within 24 hours with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Nov. 11, Trend reports referring to TASS.

“The parties discussed the settlement of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region,” the ministry said.

The Russian defense minister has already talked to Akar over phone the day before. Then the parties discussed the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, as well as in Syria.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.

Back in July 2020, Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.