“US President [Barack] Obama spoke with Russian President [Dmitry] Medvedev today to discuss a range of bilateral and international issues and to express his condolences on the tragic sinking of the MS Bulgaria,” according to a White House Office of the Press Secretary statement issued Monday.
In addition to other issues, the parties also discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. According to the official website for the Kremlin, the US president praised Medvedev’s mediation efforts, particularly at the meeting with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan that took place in Kazan on Jun. 24. Both parties further agreed to take steps toward the peaceful resolution of the conflict.
The White House statement also noted that Obama “pledged American support for the effort to reach a framework agreement for negotiating a final peace agreement that will put an end to this conflict.”