Russia and France have called for an immediate cease-fire with Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have called on behalf of their respective countries. Qatar-based Al Jazeera told the news in a report.
A statement from the Kremlin, the office of the Russian President, said on Thursday that Vladimir Putin and Emanuel Macron had called on the warring parties to immediately end tensions and end the conflict. The two leaders called for maximum restraint on both sides.
According to the Kremlin, the Putin-Macro phone conversation was initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron.
In a phone call, the two leaders called for an immediate end to the conflict and to resume talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Earlier, Azerbaijan and Armenia declined calls for talks and announced that they would continue fighting. Baku vowed to continue fighting until the Armenian troops withdrew from Azerbaijan. On the other hand, Armenia has said that it is preparing for a long-term war. Hundreds of people, including women and children, have already been killed in clashes that began on Sunday.
Russia is a member of a military alliance of countries of the former Soviet Union. That alliance includes Armenia and a Russian military base in the country. However, Moscow supplies arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia. And Turkey is going to strongly support the Muslim country of Azerbaijan.
It is feared that if Armenia and Azerbaijan are embroiled in an all-out war, regional powers such as Russia and Turkey may join.
Although the Qarabakh region is part of Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. This is the beginning of the conflict. Due to the long dispute over the Nagorno-Karbakh region, the two countries practically joined the war on September 26, 2020. It has so far claimed the lives of hundreds of people on both sides, including women and children. Most of the dead were identified as Armenian separatists. Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for the renewed conflict. Source: Al Jazeera