Turkey has welcomed the decision by Baku and Yerevan to start talks for the establishment of permanent peace.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev recently exchanged a phone conversation to discuss the latest developments in the Caucasus following the latter's meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan said yesterday they were gearing up for peace talks after a decades-long conflict that has left thousands dead and erupted into an all-out war in 2020.
The two countries were at the centre of a six-week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6,500 lives before it ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Russians on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated today. According to a televised video broadcast by the Kremlin, "our country is always ready for direct and open dialogue, for seeking diplomatic solutions to the most complex problems.
The leaders of arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to ease tensions left over after their war over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh last year under the mediation of Russia's Vladimir Putin on Nov. 26.
Both Armenia's Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev hailed talks held with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi as positive.
Turkey on Nov. 8 marked the anniversary of Azerbaijan's victory in Karabakh, expressing everlasting solidarity with the brotherly country.
"We are celebrating the victory of Azerbaijan's 44-day Patriotic War, which was crowned by liberation of the cultural capital of ancient Shusha on November 8 last year," said a Foreign Ministry statement.