Azerbaijan and Armenia leaders agree Karabakh truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (R) and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (2nd L) on May 16, 2016 in Vienna, AustriaAzerbaijan and Armenia took a step back from the brink of open war on Monday as their presidents agreed to respect a ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh. In their first encounter since fierce fighting erupted last month, Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev and his Armenia’s Serzh Sarkisian also agreed to renewed peace talks in June. The deal was also a rare joint diplomatic victory for the United States and Russia, one day before the rival great powers were to co-chair crisis talks on Syria.

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