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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin, Leaders in Talks

President Boris Yeltsin signed a treaty of friendship with Tajikistan on Tuesday and met with President Levon Ter-Petrosyan of Armenia to discuss the continuing war over Nagorno-Karabakh, Itar-Tass reported.


Speaking at a signing ceremony with Tajikistan's president, Yemomali Rakhmonov, inside the Kremlin, Yeltsin hailed the treaty as the first that regulates relations between Russia and Tajikistan as sovereign states.


Tajikistan has been torn apart by civil war for more than a year. The treaty on Friendship and Mutual Assistance formalizes the help that Russian troops have been giving in policing Tajikistan's borders with Afghanistan, which are regularly crossed by gun runners and by fighters loyal to the government's opposition.


Yeltsin spoke with the Armenian president about the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan.


Details from the talks were not available, but on Monday the Azeri leadership declared a unilateral ceasefire in order to facilitate a new peace plan supported by Russia, Turkey and the United States.


The prime ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia may meet in London this week for talks on Nagorno-Karabakh, Reuters quoted a British official as saying Tuesday.