“President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the U.S. Donald Trump and President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron, who represent the countries-co-chairs at Minsk OSCE group, in the strongest terms, condemn the escalation of violence happening at the contact line in the zone Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the message said.
The sides also expressed condolences to the families of killed and injured.
Besides, the president urged the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to urgently renew the talks without imposing preconditions.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988 when the Karabakh Armenians demanded that Karabakh be transferred from Soviet Azerbaijan to Soviet Armenia. It escalated into a full-scale war in the early 1990s, and then relative stability was observed. In 2016, a large ceasefire violation took place. In 2020, it broke out on September 27 again. Both sides claim very different figures when it comes to casualties. In particular, Armenia claims that the Azeri lost over 700 soldiers, 49 drones, four helicopters, 80 armored vehicles, one aircraft, and 82 cars. Azerbaijan denies the numbers of casualties on both sides claimed by Armenia, stating that Armenians lost 550 soldiers, 24 tanks and other armored vehicles, 18 drones, and eight artillery systems.