Putin discusses Karabakh conflict with Russian Security Council

Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 17 met with permanent members of the Russian Security Council to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and current issues of the domestic agenda, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters, said the TASS news agency.

Participants of the meeting exchanged views on problems of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in the context of the May 16 meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Vienna, Peskov said.

Preparations for the forthcoming Russia-ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit due later in the week were also discussed May 17, he said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

Source: Trend