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Russia’s Putin calls for fighting to stop in Nagorno-Karabakh

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for fighting to stop in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, saying the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years between ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces was a tragedy.

Speaking in an interview with state television, Putin said he was in constant contact with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the conflict.

He also noted what he called harsh anti-Russian rhetoric from US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, but said he had been encouraged by Biden’s comments on arms control.

Putin said Russia would work with any US president.

Biden is campaigning against Republican incumbent Donald Trump for the presidential election on Nov. 3.

This combo picture shows President Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate former VP Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. (AFP)
This combo picture shows President Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate former VP Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. (AFP)

“As far as the candidate from the Democratic Party is concerned ... we also see quite sharp anti-Russian rhetoric. Unfortunately, we are used to to this,” Putin said.

But he added that Biden had made what he regarded as encouraging statements on New START, the last major nuclear arms pact between Russia and the US, which is due to expire in February.

Moscow and Washington have so far been unable to agree a new treaty or an extension, though Trump’s envoy for arms control said on Tuesday that “important progress” had been made at bilateral talks.

“Candidate Biden publicly said he was ready for an extension of New START or to reach a new treaty to limit strategic ... weapons, and this is a very serious element of our cooperation in the future,” Putin said.

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