On Tuesday, November 22, President Vladimir Putin of Russia held a phone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev. They discussed the implementation of an agreement reached last month in Sochi.
On October 31, Putin hosted a meeting between Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The three leaders agreed that Yerevan and Baku would respect each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and a discussion on a settlement of the Artsakh conflict will be indefinitely postponed.
Since that statement, Azerbaijani forces have mounted attacks on Armenian civilians in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and continued attacking positions in Armenia. Aliyev has also gone on an offensive by issuing verbal threats of war to Armenia and criticizing Iran and Russia.
Putin’s conversation with Aliyev took place a day before the Russian leader is scheduled to travel to Armenia to take part in the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), on the margins of which he will also meet with Pashinyan.