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Russia’s defense minister calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to respect ceasefire

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to observe a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in a telephone call with his counterparts from those countries, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Since coming into force on Saturday, a Russian-brokered truce has frayed, with both sides accusing each other of grave violations and attacks on civilians.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karbakh starting at noon on Saturday.

The top diplomats from the two countries said in a statement that the truce is intended to exchange prisoners and recover the dead, adding that specific details will be agreed on later.