Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday (12 December) spoke on the phone with Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev and Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan. The phone calls took place as movement of cars on the Lachin Corridor, the road linking Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia through Azerbaijani territory was disrupted by Azerbaijanis claiming to be environmentalists concerned at the exploitation of natural resources in Nagorno-Karabakh by the Armenian de facto authorities.
The Kremlin website, reporting the two telepephne conversations, gave few details. It said that in the conversation with president Aliyev "practical asspects of the implimentation of the agreements between the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia were discussed, including plans to restore economic and logistical ties in the South Caucasus. It added that the two presidents agreed on further contacts.
Reporting on the conversation between Putin and Pashinyan, the Kremlin website said that discussions continued on the implementation of the fundamental agreements between the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Particular attention was paid to ensuring security on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, as well as projects to restore transport, logistics and trade and economic ties in the Transcaucasus.
It is not clear if the situation developing on the Lachin corridor was mentioned during the two telephone conversations.