Putin and Erdogan emphasize reopening of transport links in South Caucasus

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YEREVAN, April 10. /ARKA/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a telephone conversation on Friday, emphasized the need to intensify the work for restoration of the transport infrastructure in the South Caucasus.

According to the kremlin.ru, Putin and Erdogan spoke also about the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Erdogan was said to praise Russia’s steps to ensure further stabilization of the situation in the conflict zone, the progressive implementation of the trilateral statements of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021.

Putin informed the Turkish President about the results of his recent contacts with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijani armed forces, backed by Turkey and foreign mercenaries and terrorists, attacked Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire front line using rocket and artillery weapons, heavy armored vehicles, military aircraft and prohibited types of weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons.

After 44 days of the war, on November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities. According to the document, the parties stopped at where they were at that time. The town of Shushi, the districts of Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin were handed over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.

A Russian peacekeeping contingent was deployed along the contact line in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to Karabakh and adjacent regions, prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons and bodies of the dead are being exchanged.

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