Azerbaijani, Armenian Leaders To Meet In St. Petersburg This Month


President Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (RFE/RL) — Russia says President Vladimir Putin is due to host talks in St. Petersburg on June 20 between the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia about the conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on June 14 that by organizing the meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sargsyan, Russia was “continuing its mission as a mediator” in the conflict.

Sargsyan and Aliyev last met in Vienna in May, after a truce in early April halted four days of fierce fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabagh between Armenia-backed separatists and Azerbaijan’s military.