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Putin Discusses Karabakh With Russian Security Chiefs


Russia - President Vladimir Putin meets with members of Russia's Security Council in Moscow, 17May2016.

Russia - President Vladimir Putin meets with members of Russia's Security Council in Moscow, 17May2016.

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Russia’s top defense and security officials at a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

A statement by the Kremlin said the situation in the conflict zone was one of the issues on the agenda of Putin’s meeting with the officials making up his Security Council.

They included the council’s secretary, Nikolay Patrushev, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the director of the Federal Security Service, Nikolay Bortnikov, and the Foreign Intelligence Service chief, Mikhail Fradkov.

“Participants of the meeting exchanged views on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement in the context of the [May 16] meeting of Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s presidents which took place in Vienna,” said the Kremlin statement. It gave no details of the discussion.

The Russian Security Council already discussed the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute on April 8, three days after a Russian-brokered agreement halted four-day hostilities along the Karabakh “line of contact.” Putin held separate phone talks with Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev on April 5.

Putin went on to publicly call for a “solely political” solution to the conflict. “We will do everything to settle [the conflict,] to find solutions acceptable to both sides,” he said in televised remarks on April 14.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended Monday’s Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Vienna together with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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