ASTANA, October 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin described his meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov as constructive.
"We had a very constructive meeting. It is natural that when relations are heated it isn’t easy to find areas of common interest, but I believe that in some ways we have managed to find them," President Putin said speaking to journalists following his official visit to Kazakhstan.
"Firstly, we have agreed that all measures will be taken to prevent a resumption of hostilities. Secondly, which is very important, the sides will take the necessary steps for the return of refugees," Putin stated.
"And the third, also an essential, important element, is that we, without claiming any intermediary role, although, frankly, we were asked to do so, agreed that both one and the other side will give us the respective documents and their vision for solving this problem," Putin said.
"We would not only try to evaluate these proposals, but will also use the documents at our disposal to find solutions, which could form the basis of possible agreements," the Russian president continued.
"I mean Moscow, nowadays, has more reliable information about border lines dividing allied republics than the allied republics have themselves," Putin said. "We'll pull up these documents, pull up these maps, look at them, and together with our colleagues we'll then look for a solution."
"On the whole, this meeting was extremely useful," the Russian president added.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Rossiya-1 TV channel late on Thursday night that it was Putin, who decided to initiate a trilateral meeting between the leaders of Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the sidelines of a summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana.