MOSCOW — The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met Friday in the Russian city of Kazan to see whether they could finally agree to begin peace talks over a region that has been disputed since the two countries fought a war nearly 20 years ago. They couldn’t.
At issue was Nagorno Karabakh, an unrecognized enclave within Azerbaijan run by ethnic Armenians. Russia, the United States and France have been pushing the two sides to negotiate for years, even as they continue to trade shots over the border. Friday’s meeting was sponsored by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and President Obama called the two leaders Thursday urging them to reach an agreement on the conduct of further talks. But after more than three hours they broke up without a resolution.