Putin, Erdogan discuss Karabakh

(VOVWORLD) - In a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin reiterated Russia’s concerns about the reported deployment of Middle Eastern mercenaries in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and urged Turkey to help stop hostilities there.

In a statement, the Kremlin said the two leaders discussed the Karabakh conflict in detail during the conversation that took place “at the initiative of the Turkish side.” It cited Putin as stressing “the urgent need for joint efforts to quickly stop the bloodshed and switch to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.” He also expressed hope that Turkey “will make a constructive contribution to the de-escalation of the conflict,”.

The statement said both Putin and Erdogan “confirmed the importance” of the conflicting parties’ compliance with an Armenian-Azerbaijani humanitarian ceasefire agreement brokered by Moscow on October 10. They also called for the resumption of Karabakh peace talks, it added.

Erdogan’s office said the Turkish leader told Putin that his country wants a “permanent solution” that would end Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani lands.