26 Sep 2023 14:58

Putin, Raisi discuss Nagorno-Karabakh, stress importance of peaceful solution

MOSCOW. Sept 26 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi by phone.

"They had a detailed exchange of views on the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Vladimir Putin informed [Raisi] about the work done by the Russian peacekeepers, including the provision of humanitarian aid to the civilians and the protection of rights and security of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. The presidents of Russia and Iran stressed the importance of solving any problems by exclusively peaceful, political and diplomatic means," the Kremlin's press service said in a statement.

Putin and Raisi expressed the mutual interest in boosting the operation of the 3+3 regional advisory platform (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia plus Russia, Iran and Turkey).

"While discussing the bilateral agenda, they expressed satisfaction with the constructive and mutually advantageous nature of Russian-Iranian cooperation. The aspiration toward further strengthening of trade and economic contacts, promotion of joint energy and transport projects, and broadening of business contacts and tourist exchanges was reaffirmed," the press service said.