Armenia and the Azerbaijan Republic agreed to halt fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh from noon on October 10, the Russian Foreign Minister said.

Iran PressEurope: "A ceasefire is announced from 12 hours 00 minutes on October 10 on humanitarian grounds," Sergei Lavrov said Saturday after marathon talks between the two countries' top diplomats, reading out from a statement.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed to AFP separately that the ceasefire would begin from noon Saturday.

Last Sunday, October 26, the clashes between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops started again on the border between the two countries.

After several days of military clashes in July (mid-July) between the forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, which resulted in casualties on both sides, the war of words and some diplomatic moves provoked tensions in the Caucasus region and hence the military confrontation between the two countries seemed predictable.

The two countries have been at loggerheads over ownership of the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades.

In 1994, following four years of military conflict between the two countries, some European and regional governments intervened to end the territorial dispute between Baku and Yerevan, and finally, with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group, a ceasefire was established between the parties to the conflict. However, the international efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully have so far been unsuccessful.