Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts next Monday, it has been confirmed.
"On Monday, June 20, trilateral talks on the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement are planned between the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan," presidential aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on Tuesday. "It is planned that Putin will at first hold separate meetings with Sargsyan and Aliyev, and later the three presidents will hold talks together," he said.
Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev last met in Vienna on May 16, their first summit since four days of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh which killed dozens, the worst outbreak of violence for decades. Russia brokered a truce on April 5.
Putin has already held several phonecalls with the two presidents, while Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev visited Baku and Yerevan in the immediate aftermath of the April violence. Meetings of defence and foreign ministers have also taken place.
"We will see which results this three-party contact will lead to. Our side will hold the most interested and active dialogue," said Ushakov, according to TASS.
SOURCE: commonspace.eu and agencies
PHOTO: Putin, Sargsyan and Aliyev
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