Putin hosts talks between Azerbaijan, Armenia

The leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia have held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin serving as host. The meeting was the first since the two countries signed an agreement to stop fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Moscow on Monday.
Speaking at a joint news conference after the talks, Aliyev, Pashinyan and Putin said they have agreed that senior officials of the three countries will establish a working group to restore damaged roads and buildings in the disputed region.

Aliyev, whose country expanded territory under its control, noted the ceasefire agreement is being implemented.

Pashinyan, regarded by some as the practical loser, expressed the view that the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has yet to be settled.

Hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia flared up last September, leading to fighting that left more than 5,600 dead during the six-week conflict. The two sides agreed to a ceasefire last November, with Armenia accepting disadvantages.