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    Armenian President Supports Creation of Hotline on Situation in Karabakh

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    Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan said that he “would not be against” creation of a hotline between Yerevan and Baku on the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    YEREVAN (Sputnik) — Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan told Sputnik that he supports the idea of establishment of a hotline between Yerevan and Baku in order to promptly respond to the developments of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    “It is possible if it brings some benefit, if we will promptly react to the developments. Let’s suggest that on a contact line someone is shooting, and according to our data, it is the Azerbaijanis who are doing so, then I pick up the phone, call the Azerbaijani president and I tell him 'they are shooting.' And he is actually checking on that,” Sargsyan told Director-General of Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Dmitry Kiselev.

    According to Sargsyan, he “would not be against” creation of such a hotline.

    “I would be ready to gain control and say for sure if our people are shooting or not, of course, expecting the same attitude from the Azerbaijani leader,” Sargsyan stressed.

    The president added that an attempt to establish a similar hotline was made in the 1990s.

    Azerbaijan's Armenian-dominated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh proclaimed its independence in 1991. After the military conflict ended in 1994, Azerbaijan lost control over the region.

    Violence erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 2, and led to multiple casualties. The parties to the conflict signed a Russian-brokered ceasefire on April 5, but mutual accusations have not stopped so far.

    The full interview with the Armenian leader will be available on www.sputniknews.com website on November 17 at 07:00 GMT.

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