The Russian Defense Ministry said the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which has escalated in recent days, has been “stabilised” by peacekeepers. On the other hand, Azerbaijan said that the allegations of the Russian army are incorrect and that its army “fully controls the operational situation” in the captured settlement.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that as a result of the negotiations, the Azerbaijani side withdrew its units from the area of the Baruch settlement.
In turn, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry wrote that the allegations of the Russian army are incorrect.
The positions of the Azerbaijani army have not changed in the village of Baruch, which is part of the sovereign territory of our country. – It was written. He stressed that our army is in complete control of the operational situation.
Baku again confirmed in the statement that According to them, there is no administrative unit called “Nagorno-Karabakh”.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh worsened on March 24. According to the Russians, Azerbaijan deployed its forces in the areas under the responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping forces and attacked the military units of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Republic with drones.
Azerbaijan, in turn, says it operates on its territory. Baku accuses Armenia of violating the orders of November 10, 2020 because it did not withdraw its forces from Azerbaijani territory.
Separatist Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian enclave located de jure (by law) in the territory of Azerbaijan. The region and many neighboring regions (also on the territory of Azerbaijan) have been under the control of Armenians since the war in the 1990s.
In September 2020, Azerbaijan made an attempt to regain control of the region. After six weeks of fighting, during which Baku gained significant advantage and territorial gains, on the night of November 9-10 A tripartite peace agreement was signed (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia as guarantors).
It led to a ceasefire, and a Russian peacekeeping force was introduced into the area, which will remain there until at least 2025. Armenia undertook to transfer the occupied territories of Nagorno-Karabakh and three adjacent regions to Azerbaijan. The road connecting Armenia to the capital of the breakaway region, Stepanakertim, will be protected by Russian forces.
The agreement, which caused euphoria in Azerbaijan, sparked political strife and protests in Armenia. The opposition and many of its supporters took to the streets, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan as “traitors”. They considered the armistice a surrender.
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