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Putin, Macron discuss Nagorno-Karabakh in phone call

Putin, Macron discuss Nagorno-Karabakh in phone call

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron have discussed Tuesday the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh during their phone conversation, the Russian foreign ministry reports.

Both Russian and French presidents have confirmed readiness for further coordination in the Nagorno-Karabakh region

Russian leader Vladimir Putin Putin underlined that conditions there have improved and the Nov. 9 pact is being complied with. As the Kremlin said in a written statement, Putin and Macron confirmed their readiness for further coordination on many aspects of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue within the OSCE Minsk Group.

Since 1991 when the USSR has collapsed, the relations between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tense. When the Armenian military occupied the Upper Karabakh, a territory recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions, the armed conflicts are sparkling on time to time.

The most recent clashes erupted on Sept. 27 and ended with a Moscow-brokered truce 44 days later. Baku liberated several strategic cities and nearly 300 of its settlements and villages from occupation during this time.

Another armed conflict in the former USSR is Donbass. On Tuesday, Putin and Macron also discussed the issue of Eastern Ukraine, demonstrating interest in activating the initiatives for the implementation of the 2015 Minsk agreements and the decisions welcomed at the Normandy Summit on Dec. 9, 2019.

The Russian and French leaders also discussed the situation in the Middle East. The issues of Syria and Libya are still actual for keeping a balance in the fragile region. Putin and Macron also stressed the need to combine initiatives to protect the Iranian nuclear deal.