Armenian PM Pashinyan Backs Possible Introduction of Russian Peacekeepers in Karabakh

People in Shusha of Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow believed that almost 5,000 people had been killed in fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchanged accusations about violating the humanitarian armistice in Nagorno Karabakh.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Friday in a fresh attempt to end almost a month of bloodshed, in which hundreds have been killed.

Pompeo has joined other global leaders in pushing for an end to the fighting over the disputed territory.

"I very much hope that our American partners will act in unison with us and will help the settlement", Putin told a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club.

A handful of protesters from both sides, holding Armenian and Azeri flags and banners, chanted outside the State Department on Friday.

However, it is widely understood that the death tolls are higher than what has been reported.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, meanwhile, reported fighting in territories close to the line of contact that divides the sides.

During a televised interview, Vladimir Putin said that "there are a lot of losses on both sides, more than 2000 (dead) on each side".

At the same time, Moscow stressed that third countries may be involved only if both Armenia and Azerbaijan support this decision.

Pompeo said this week he hoped a diplomatic solution and the "right path forward" could be found as the United States, France and Russian Federation press on with mediation efforts they have led for decades.

Azerbaijan has not disclosed military casualties and says 63 Azeri civilians have been killed and 293 wounded.

A man walks among the debris of destroyed buildings hit by shelling during the ongoing military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in a residential area of the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan, on October 22, 2020.

Shortly before the Washington talks were due to start, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul that he hoped Moscow and Ankara could work together on resolving the conflict.

Pompeo said he hoped a diplomatic solution and the "right path forward" could be found as the United States, France and Russian Federation press on with the mediation efforts they have led for decades.

Hikmet Hajiyev's comments come in the wake of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan saying that he saw no possibility of a diplomatic solution at this stage in the conflict with Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan's key prerequisite for ending the conflict is Armenia's withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh.



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