Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the cooperation of the two countries by phone, TASS agency reported Apr.6 citing Kremlin's press service.

The presidents exchanged views about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the search of ways for its peaceful settlement, according to the agency.

Putin informed about the Russian side's ongoing mediation steps to facilitate the normalization of the situation, said the agency.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers.

The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.

Source: Trend