Armenia and Azerbaijan have taken a major step toward resolving a long running territorial dispute. For thirty years, both countries have been in conflict over an area known as Nagorno-Karabakh. The dispute has claimed thousands of lives since it began in 1992.
But now the Armenian prime minister and the Azerbaijani president have agreed to normalize relations. Armenia has agreed to unblock all transport and economic passing through the territory. They are also asking for international guarantees that the remaining ethnic Armenians in Karabakh would be protected and hinted that Armenia might consider leaving the collective security treaty organization.
This announcement was made at a meeting of the Eurasian economic council in Moscow hosted by Russian president Vladimir Putin.