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long-time dispute between their countries over Azerbaijan's predominantly Armenian-inhabited enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Kremlin officials say Russian President Dmitri Medvedev will join the talks Saturday.

A Russian spokesman says there are no plans for Armenia's Serzh Sarkisyan and Azebaijan's Ilham Aliyev to sign a peace deal in Moscow. He said the talks are aimed at getting both sides closer together.

Nagorno-KarabaThe presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Moscow Friday for talks on efforts to ease the kh declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1988. The six-year conflict that followed left about 35,000 people dead.

A 1994 cease-fire stopped the major fighting, but skirmishes occasionally erupt.

At the summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations last week, Russia, France and the United States issued a statement calling on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to settle their dispute.

They vowed to continue supporting the peace talks.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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