MEHR: Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed deep condolences over the tragic death of Russian military personnel in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 20, the Kremlin said.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that several peacekeepers were killed when their car was attacked by gunfire in the area of Canyataq in Nagorno-Karabakh, Sputni reports.
"At the initiative of the Azerbaijani side, a telephone conversation took place between... Putin and... Aliyev. Ilham Aliyev apologized and expressed deep condolences regarding the tragic death of servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 20," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Moreover, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev have agreed to intensify negotiations in line with the trilateral agreements of 2020-2022, the Kremlin reported.
"It was agreed to intensify work on the negotiating track in line with the well-known trilateral agreements at the highest level of 2020-2022, primarily in terms of unblocking transport links, delimiting the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, and preparing a peace treaty between Baku and Yerevan," the Kremlin stated.
The two presidents have discussed priority steps to further stabilize the situation and overcome humanitarian problems in Nagorno-Karabakh during a phone conversation, the Kremlin noted.
"Priority steps to further stabilize the situation and overcome humanitarian problems in the region were discussed. Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of ensuring the rights and security of the Armenian population of Karabakh. The readiness of the Azerbaijani side to interact on these issues with Russian peacekeepers was confirmed," the Kremlin said.