Russia's President Vladimir Putin listens to his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev as they attend an international sambo tournament in Sochi August 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Sunday to talk instead of fight, after more than a dozen people were killed in clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.The Kremlin chief hosted a meeting between the heads of the two ex-Soviet states this weekend, giving him a chance to play a peacekeeping role in the former Soviet Union at a time when the West is accusing Moscow of backing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.Sargsyan and Aliyev agreed on the need for a political solution to the 23-year-old conflict.At least 16 combatants were killed and several wounded in last week's clashes around the region, which lies within Azerbaijan but is populated mostly by ethnic Armenians.
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