Russian President Vladimir Putin and the permanent members of the Russian Security Council discussed the situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, stating Russia's readiness to provide mediation efforts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in the wake of a video conference Friday.
"An in-depth exchange of opinions regarding the situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border took place," he said. "The participants expressed grave concern with regards to the ongoing escalation; they emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire and [Russia's] readiness to mediate"." Peskov said.
The meeting was attended by the speakers of both chambers of the Russian parliament - Valentina Matviyenko and Vyacheslav Volodin; Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev; head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino; Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev; Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev; Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov; Foreign Intelligence Head Sergey Naryshkin; and Special Presidential Representative on environmental protection, ecology and transportation Sergey Ivanov.
The situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border appeared calm on Friday (17 July) after five days of fighting, during which both sides used artillary, drones and heavy weapons.
source; commonspace.eu with TASS news agency (Moscow)
photo: President Putin in a video conference with members of the national Security Council of Russia on 17 July 2020 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Russia)
The incident appears to have erupted after a 27-year-old resident of Kulakam village was reported to have been murdered.