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Agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh creates conditions for lasting normalization, says Putin

He stressed that the most important thing that has been done is the end to bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh

MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. The November 9 ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh creates favorable conditions for the normalization of the situation for a long-term perspective, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday in an interview with the Russian media aired by the Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 television channels.

He stressed that the most important thing that has been done is the end to bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh.

He cited official data indicating that more than 4,000 people were killed during the renewed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. "As a matter of fact, I think there might be more casualties," he said, adding that tens of thousands of people were wounded.

"It is not a movie, it is a real tragedy that is happening to concrete people, concrete families. So, the end to bloodshed is the key result," he explained.

The Russian leader also stressed that along with the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh an agreement had been reached to unblock all transport services and resume economic ties.

"I think it is extremely important and creates good conditions for the normalization of relations for a long-time perspective," Putin stressed.

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27 in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting from November 10. Under the document, the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides are to maintain the positions that they held and Russian peacekeepers are to be deployed to the region.