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Telephone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev

September 21, 2023

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, at Azerbaijan’s initiative.

Ilham Aliyev offered his apology and deepest condolences following the tragic death of members of the Russian Peacekeeping Corps (RPC) on September 20 in Karabakh. He emphasised that the incident will be thoroughly investigated and all those responsible will be held accountable. The Prosecutor General’s Offices of the two countries are keeping in close contact with regard to the matter. The President of Azerbaijan also expressed readiness to offer financial aid to the families of the killed officers.

Both parties noted the importance of consistently implementing the agreements reached with the assistance of the Russian peacekeepers on complete cessation of hostilities in Karabakh. The talks that began between the representatives of Baku and Stepanakert, with the peacekeepers’ mediation, have particular importance in this context.

The parties considered priority steps towards stabilising the situation and overcoming humanitarian issues in the region. Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of protecting the rights and security of the Armenian population in Karabakh. Azerbaijan confirmed its readiness to cooperate on these matters with the Russian peacekeepers.

The two leaders agreed to intensify the talks within the framework of the 2020–2022 highest-level trilateral agreements, primarily with respect to unblocking transport connections, delimitating the Azerbaijan-Armenia border and drafting a peace treaty between Baku and Yerevan.

September 21, 2023