Putin tells Erdogan he is concerned over participation of militants from Middle East in Nagorno-Karabakh hostilities

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YEREVAN, October 15. /ARKA/. Russian president Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation today with president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  a statement on www.kremlin.ru said. It said the conversation was initiated by the Turkish side.

According to the statement,  Putin and Erdogan discussed in detail the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Both sides were said to have reaffirmed the importance of observing the humanitarian truce agreement reached on October 10 in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in favor of stepping up the political process, in particular, based on the OSCE Minsk Group proposals.

The Russian president expressed serious concern over the participation of militants from the Middle East region in hostilities in the conflict zone. The urgent need for solidarity efforts was emphasized with a view to an early end to the bloodshed and a transition to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

Putin expressed hope that Turkey, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, would make a constructive contribution to the de-escalation of the conflict.

On September 27th the Azerbaijani military launched a large-scale offensive against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) using missiles, artillery and suicide drones against civilian populations in Artsakh’s capital Stepanakert as well as other civilian populations in and around Artsakh, as well as against certain areas of the Republic of Armenia’s town of Vardenis, causing death and injury to dozens of civilians.

According to official Armenian sources, 5,489 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed in the heavy fighting since September 27 and thousands have been wounded. Armenian troops have destroyed 541 tanks and armored vehicles, 4 MLRS Smerch and Uragan, 4 MLRS TOS-1A, 176 UAVs, 16 helicopters and 19 aircraft.

According to the defense ministries of Armenia and Artsakh, about 530 Armenian servicemen have been killed and several hundred have been wounded. As a result of war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, 30 civilians have been killed and over 100 wounded.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting at 12 pm October 10 after 10 hours of talks in Moscow sponsored by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The parties reaffirmed their commitment to the humanitarian ceasefire for the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed through the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement October 10 evening that violating its own commitment, Azerbaijan continued military operations in various sectors of the frontline, firing also at settlements of the Syunik region of Armenia.

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