The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it is continuing "painstaking" work on resolving a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Lachin corridor, a mountainous road linking Armenia to the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The Russian Federation ... continues its painstaking work in this direction," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, denies that the corridor is subject to a blockade and says activists protesting illegal mining activity are the main reason for the disruption to traffic. (Reporting by Reuters)