Meeting with Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev 2016-06-20 18:45:00 St Petersburg Vladimir Putin met with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in the Constantine Palace. Reaching a settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was the subject of discussion at the meeting, which took place behind closed doors. Following the consultations, the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to normalising the situation on the line of contact and giving their approval to an increase in the number of OSCE observers working in the conflict zone. The joint statement also expresses the parties’ commitment to putting in place the conditions required for steady progress in negotiations on a political settlement to the conflict. Earlier in the day, President of Russia Vladimir Putin held separate meetings with the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders.