Türkiye has welcomed Azerbaijan and Armenia's decision to begin preparations for a peace treaty, which Ankara says will help establish stability in the region.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are set to meet in Brussels next week to lay the groundwork for peace talks to end the decades-long conflict over Karabakh.
Former high-tech industry minister Vahagn Khachaturyan was elected as the fifth president of Armenia, receiving 71 votes in the second round of the parliamentary vote.
The move to return the Armenian servicemen was on humanitarian grounds, Azerbajjan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War, Missing Persons and Hostages said.
Azerbaijan's President Aliyev and Armenia's PM Pashinyan expressed readiness to start the process of demarcation and delimitation of their contested border during a meeting with Russia's Putin in Sochi.
Russia largely stood aside as Turkey and Azerbaijan observed if Armenia would turn a page after decades of regional isolation.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claimed victory in snap parliamentary elections he called in an effort to defuse a political crisis after a defeat in war against Azerbaijan in November.
The snap parliamentary election was called by Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in a bid to resolve public anger over the peace deal he signed after the disastrous war with Azerbaijan that triggered months of protests demanding his resignation.
Baku dismisses Yerevan's accusations that it was laying "siege" to a lake on their border, calling such claims "provocative."
A few days after announcing snap parliamentary elections for June 20, Pashinyan had declared last month that he would resign in April in an effort to defuse a political crisis sparked by last year's war with Azerbaijan.
PM Nikol Pashinyan says he will resign so that snap elections can take place in the coming month.
Amid a political crisis that has pitted Nikol Pashinyan against the army, the prime minister has announced a snap parliamentary election for June 20.
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