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The invitation came after Putin held several rounds of calls with both Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.
In addition to its attempt to make the warring parties sit down for talks, Russia is involved in mediation efforts as part of the OSCE Minsk Group, tasked with ending the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. On Thursday, the group, which lists Russia, the US, and France as its co-chairs, convened in the Swiss city of Geneva. Moscow is set to host its next meeting on October 12, according to French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The decades-old dispute between over Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian-populated enclave inside what is internationally recognised as Azerbaijan – flared up on September 27, with Azerbaijan and Armenia pointing finger at each other as the instigator behind the new bout of heavy fighting. There have been casualties, including among civilians, reported on both sides.
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