During the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin offers to mediate in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Russia is a military ally of Armenia that also seeks friendly relations with Azerbaijan.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that despite the conflict in Ukraine, Moscow had sufficient resources to mediate a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan after a series of border battles.

The fighting ended in a ceasefire two days ago after more than 200 people were killed in clashes linked to a decades-old battle for the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told Putin on Friday that the conflict had “stabilized”.

Both sides blame each other for the deadliest clashes between them since a six-week war over Karabakh in 2020 that left thousands dead.

Russia is a military ally of Armenia that also seeks friendly relations with Azerbaijan.

“Under the influence of Russia, this conflict was localized. I hope it stays that way,” Putin told reporters after a regional summit in Uzbekistan.

When asked if Russia had the resources to maintain its influence in the region, given Moscow’s focus on the conflict in Ukraine, he replied, “As you can see, there are plenty.”

But as a sign of potential challenges, a senior Armenian official expressed dismay at the response of a Russian-led military alliance to Yerevan’s request for assistance, Interfax news agency reported.

Armenia has asked the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to intervene, but so far it has just sent an investigation team to the region.

“We are of course very dissatisfied. The expectations we had were not justified,” parliament speaker Alen Simonyan told national television, comparing the CSTO to a gun that does not fire bullets, Interfax said.

He noted that Armenia also had a treaty on mutual assistance with Russia, saying: “We expect more tangible steps from our Russian partners, not just statements or half words.”

Putin held a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday to discuss the clashes and Pashinyan also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Yerevan said.

Macron’s office said he had reaffirmed French support for Armenia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed on Friday that she will make a quick visit to Armenia this weekend.

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