Russian influence grows in Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh has stabilized with the deployment of Russian peacekeeping troops.

Earlier this month, Russia brokered an agreement by Azerbaijan and Armenia to stop fighting over the region.

Russian peacekeepers are on the ground to secure the truce.

Putin held an online meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and others on Friday.

He said that the situation is under control now that Russian troops are there.

He instructed the ministers to secure the safety of residents returning to Nagorno-Karabakh and provide humanitarian aid.

Lavrov visited Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday, meeting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and later with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

They reaffirmed their commitment to implement the agreement.

The United States, France and Russia had been jointly involved in brokering ceasefire over the region. But Putin maintains that his country acted alone this time because of the urgency of the situation.

Russia is apparently trying to increase its influence in the region with its military presence.