Armenia and Azerbaijan to attend Moscow negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts, which are de facto controlled by the self-declared Republic of Artsakh, but are internationally recognized as de jure part of Azerbaijan.

Foreign ministers from Armenia and Azerbaijan will attend talks on Friday about the flair-up of violence in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

“Baku and Yerevan have confirmed their participation in the negotiations in Moscow. Preparations are in full swing,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told AFP.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited foreign ministers from the two countries to visit Moscow for peace talks in an announcement late on Thursday, saying fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh should be halted for humanitarian reasons.

“Russian president is issuing a call to halt the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh on humanitarian grounds in order to exchange dead bodies and prisoners,” Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin.