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Putin says Russia in a position to mediate in Azeri-Armenian conflict; Yerevan unhappy with Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering of heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states at a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 16, 2022. Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan/Handout via REUTERS

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SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that regardless of the Ukraine conflict, Moscow had enough resources to mediate in a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan following a group of border skirmishes.

The fighting ended in a ceasefire two days ago after a lot more than 200 individuals were killed in fighting associated with a decades-old struggle on the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. read more

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told Putin on Friday that the conflict had “stabilised.” read more

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Both sides blame one another for the deadliest clashes between them since a six-week war over Karabakh in 2020 left thousands dead.

Russia is really a military ally of Armenia which also strives for friendly relations with Azerbaijan.

“Consuming Russia, this conflict was localized. I am hoping this is still the case,” Putin told reporters following a regional summit in Uzbekistan.

Asked whether Russia had the resources to keep its influence in your community given Moscow’s concentrate on the conflict in Ukraine, he replied: “As you can plainly see, you can find enough.”

However in an indicator of potential challenges, a senior Armenian official expressed unhappiness with the response of a Russian-led military alliance to Yerevan’s obtain help, Interfax news agency reported.

Armenia asked the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) to intervene, but up to now it has just sent a fact-finding team to the spot.

“We have been very dissatisfied, needless to say. The expectations we’d weren’t justified,” parliamentary speaker Alen Simonyan told national television, likening the CSTO to a pistol that didn’t shoot bullets, Interfax said.

Noting Armenia also had a treaty on mutual advice about Russia, he said “we expect more tangible steps from our Russian partners, not only statements or half words.”

Putin held a telephone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday to go over the clashes and Pashinyan also talked to French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Yerevan said.

Macron’s office said he previously reaffirmed French support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Armenia. read more

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday confirmed she’d create a snap stop by at Armenia this weekend. read more

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Reporting by ReutersEditing by David Ljunggren, Kevin Liffey and Matthew Lewis

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