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Russian defence minister holds phone talks with Armenian, Azerbaijani counterparts

Moscow: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held phone talks with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to discuss the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

“On the evening of Oct 7, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks by telephone with Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyan and Azerbaijani Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov,” it said on Wednesday.

“During the talks, the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh was discussed,” it added.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there have been occasional minor clashes.

A new round of armed conflict broke out on Sept. 27 along the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The clashes, which are still going on, have reportedly caused heavy casualties and equipment loss.

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