Putin allows the transfer of the Karabakh buffer zone to Azerbaijan

“We have based our position from the very beginning on the position that we need to talk, our position is absolutely open about the possibility of handing over five plus two districts to Azerbaijan, providing some regime zone to Karabakh, interaction with Armenia and so on,” Russia calls the investment forum! ” Putin said in plenary.

He recalled that the Karabakh conflict began with ethnic clashes and that the USSR leadership had not taken any effective measures to guarantee human security.

“The Armenians took up arms and did it themselves. They did well or badly, but the initial impetus for these actions was negative events on ethnic grounds. This led to both Nagorno-Karabakh itself and seven other areas of Azerbaijan coming under Armenian control.” Putin reminded.

“And what is Azerbaijan talking about? The fact that in each case the seven districts have nothing to do with either the ethnic conflict or Armenia. Azerbaijan says: we have the right to reclaim these territories. Everyone is right. There is no easy solution here, because the node is very intricately tied, “Putin said.

In order to resolve the conflict in the long run, “a balance of interests must be found that satisfies both parties,” the Russian president summed up.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also gave the opportunity to hand over the Nagorno-Karabakh security buffer zone to Azerbaijan in an interview with the Russian news agency TASS last week.

Asked by the agency whether the prime minister was ready for a settlement when the Azerbaijani side was gradually returned to the territory outside the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, excluding the Lachin corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, Pasinyan said: “Armenia was ready for such or “There is one important nuance here: what will be the status of Nagorno-Karabakh. I am also thinking here of the Kazan initiative.”

The initiative provides for the granting of provisional status to Nagorno-Karabakh and the opening of negotiations on permanent status. The plan calls for the transfer of the Nagorno-Karabakh security buffer zone, which is currently under the control of Armenian forces, to Azerbaijan.

Intense fighting resumed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on September 27.

In the escalation of the conflict, the bloodiest since the 1994 ceasefire, at least 1,252 people have lost their lives on both sides.

More than 130 civilians have been killed and thousands have been forced to flee their homes.

Azerbaijani forces are reportedly being assisted by Turkish armed forces officers and Turkish-organized Syrian militants.

Baku rejects any solution that would allow Armenians to retain control of Nagorno-Karabakh.

There have been hostile relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia since the 1990s, when there was a war over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian population.

Nagorno-Karabakh, which was part of the Azerbaijani SSR during the Soviet era, has been a “de facto” independent Armenian republic since the early 1990s. Although Azerbaijan has not controlled Nagorno-Karabakh since the collapse of the USSR, it considers the Armenian region to be its territory. Nagorno-Karabakh is also considered by the international community to be part of Azerbaijan, and no country has recognized the region as an independent state.

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