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MOSCOW, April 5 /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts from Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilkham Aliev and Serzh Sargsyan, by telephone on Tuesday that Moscow would make all the necessary intermediary steps to normalize the situation in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The president also called on both sides to cease the fire, the Kremlin press service said.
"The sides discussed in detail the recent developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Putin voiced serious concern with the eruption of full-scale armed clashes, which had led to numerous casualties. He called on both sides to urgently ensure the cessation of all hostilities and observe the ceasefire regime," the Kremlin press service went on to say.
"Russia will continue making the necessary intermediary steps designed to normalize the situation," the press service quoted Putin as saying.
"It was stressed that it’s necessary to resume negotiations between Yerevan and Baku brokered by the OSCE Minsk Group with an aim to search for ways of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem," the Kremlin press service reported.
The presidents agreed to maintain contacts in various formats.
"Despite the fact that the Azerbaijani side issued a ceasefire statement on the very first day, the opposite side went on with military hostilities," the Azerbaijani president’s press service quoted Ilkham Aliev as saying. The press service also noted that the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan voiced their support for negotiations brokered by the OSCE Minsk group during the telephone conversation.
"The presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia re-emphasized successful development of bilateral relations in all spheres," the Azerbaijani leader’s press service said.