Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants to agree the principles for a peace deal for the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh by December.
Medvedev made his remarks after chairing talks between Armenian head of state Serzh Sargsyan and Azebaijan’s leader Ilham Aliyev in Astrakhan, southern Russia, on Wednesday.
Medvedev said he expected a framework for agreement to be in place by December 1, but acknowledged a full deal is a long way off.
He added the two men have agreed to trade prisoners of war and return the bodies of the dead.
“A document has been signed which is designed to strengthen the trust between the parties by exchanging war prisoners without delay and returning the bodies of the deceased,” said Medvedev.
Nagorno-Karabakh is stragetically important as it is a major transit route to carry oil and gas to Europe.
A fragile ceasefire has been in place in the region since a bloody war in the 1990s. Both nations lay claim to the land, currently under the control of Armenian-backed forces.
An estimated 30,000 people died in the conflict, which began after Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence in 1991.