Russian President Vladimir Putin received President of Armenia and Azerbaijan Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev in the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna. It was the second face-to-face meeting of Aliyev and Sargsyan after the “four day war” of escalation of hostilities on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh in April. The previous was held in Vienna on 16 may, but then the mediators were the foreign Ministers of Russia and the United States and the representative of the foreign Ministry of France. All three countries are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group, which conducted the negotiations on the Karabakh settlement.
April the fighting became the most serious escalation of the conflict since the beginning of its partial freeze in 1994. On 2 April the fighting began with the use of aviation and artillery, in the beginning of which the parties accused each other. On 5 April in Baku, the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Stepanakert announced the agreement on a cease-fire. It was noted that agreement was reached with participation of Russia.
During the “four day war” of Azerbaijan has acknowledged the death of 31 servicemen, the Armenian side reported the deaths of 77 of the military. The Armenian side, according to the President of Armenia after talks in Vienna on 16 may, lost 800 Hectares of land.
The extension of the OSCE mission
First, Putin individually talked to Sargsyan, then with Aliyev, after which they held joint talks. “Of course the negotiations will be complex, the main task now is to insure against a resumption of hostilities, not to give abyss the developments that have been made at the time of resumption of violence”, announced the interview, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
As the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, the presidents adopted a joint statement which supported the increase of the OSCE mission. This topic was discussed in Vienna. On 16 may, the presidents agreed as soon as possible to finalize the OSCE mechanism to investigate incidents. The presidents also supported the proposal to extend office of the OSCE representative and agreed to continue to exchange data on missing under the auspices of the ICC.
At the end of the conflict in the contact zone operates the OSCE mission. It is headed by the representative of Poland, and just six people — is absolutely insufficient number for effective monitoring of the zones, was noted by the representative of us state Department at a recent briefing.