The two presidents vowed a full investigation into a deadly incident during this week’s military action by Baku
FILE PHOTO: Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has apologized for the killings of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh and pledged to cooperate with the investigation into Wednesday’s incident, the two sides have said.
Aliyev called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to discuss the deaths, which occurred during an Azerbaijani military operation in the breakaway territory.
The peacekeepers were hit by gunfire while driving to an observation post, and all personnel inside the vehicle were killed on the spot, the Russian Defense Ministry said, without specifying the number of fatalities.
The leader of Azerbaijan expressed condolences and offered compensation to the families of the Russian troops, identical readouts of the conversation said.
Aliyev and Putin also discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the importance of implementing the Russian-facilitated truce between Baku and the self-proclaimed authorities of the region. The Russian side stressed that the safety and rights of the region’s Armenian residents had to be strictly observed.