Foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will go to Moscow on Friday to discuss a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict region. Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the ministers.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, will mediate in the talks. According to the Kremlin, the consultation is currently being prepared. Putin invited ministers on Thursday evening and also called the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Russia has good ties with both Armenia and Azerbaijan. The two countries have been fighting again for almost two weeks for the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where mainly ethnic Armenians live. International leaders have called for an end to the fighting.
On Thursday, the so-called Minsk group planned consultations about a ceasefire in the area.
This group of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is mainly formed by France, Russia and the US and has been trying to find a solution to the conflict since 1994.
Armenia, however, indicated that it would not participate as long as there was fighting. A meeting is planned in Moscow on Monday between the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanian and his Russian counterpart Lavrov.
It is not known whether Putin’s invitation has consequences for that meeting.