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Russian defence minister urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to respect Nagorno-Karabakh truce

FILE PHOTO: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu looks on during a news conference after bilateral talks between Italy and Russia at Villa Madama in Rome, Italy February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to observe a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in a telephone call with his counterparts from those countries, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

Since coming into force on Saturday, a Russian-brokered truce has frayed, with both sides accusing each other of grave violations and attacks on civilians.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Heavens