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Russian, Armenian Presidents Meet In Moscow

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) meets with his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sarkisian, in Moscow.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is holding talks with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, who is on a state visit to Moscow.

The talks are expected to focus on efforts to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian-majority enclave located within Azerbaijan.

Ethnic Armenian forces backed by Yerevan won control over the territory in a war that ended with a cease-fire in 1994. But Nagorno-Karabakh's final status remains unresolved, and the situation in and around the enclave remains volatile.

Russia -- along with the United States and France -- co-chairs the OSCE's Minsk Group, which is spearheading international efforts to help resolve the conflict.

Russia is also a key trading partner of Armenia, and the two presidents are also expected to discuss closer cooperation.

compiled from agency reports