The heads of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a statement on the development of Karabakh

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The heads of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a statement on the development of Karabakh
The heads of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a statement on the development of Karabakh
11 January, 20:22PoliticsPhoto: kremlin.ru
Today, January 11, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The heads of state, between whom a bloody conflict took place in the past 2020, greeted without shaking hands, limiting themselves to nods of their heads.

At the same time, both distinguished guests greeted Vladimir Putin in accordance with all the rules of the diplomatic protocol. The parties at the meeting discussed those aspects that were not contained or were not specified in the original armistice agreement signed on November 9, 2020. In particular, Vladimir Putin noted that it is necessary to clarify the demarcation lines, to determine the activities of the Russian peacekeepers, to solve humanitarian problems, - notes the Dozhd TV channel.

As reported by RIA Novosti agency, Vladimir Putin, Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev signed a joint statement on the development of Karabakh following the meeting. According to the Russian leader, the deputy prime ministers of the three countries will present a concrete plan for the implementation of the agreement in the near future. They will lead a working group that will deal with the restoration of economic, trade and transport links, as well as the opening of borders in Nagorno-Karabakh. Working expert subgroups will be formed. If the achieved agreements are implemented, it will benefit both the Armenian and Azerbaijani people, the region as a whole and neighboring Russia.

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh of the unresolved so far is the oldest in the post-Soviet space, it began back in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, Armenian formations managed to take control not only of this region, de jure part of Azerbaijan, but also a number of neighboring Azerbaijani regions. At the end of September 2020, the conflict resumed with renewed vigor and continued until November 10. This time, the Azerbaijani side turned out to be stronger, the Azerbaijani military managed to take control of a number of Azerbaijani regions and almost half of Nagorno-Karabakh proper, including its former capital and the strategically important city of Shusha.

During the month and a half of the conflict, the parties made three unsuccessful attempts to cease fire. On the night of November 10, Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed the fourth document, according to which the Azerbaijani and Armenian military ceased hostilities, stopped at occupied positions and began an exchange of prisoners. Russia, for its part, sent peacekeepers and rescuers to Karabakh. Armenia pledged to return the Kelbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions to Azerbaijan , with the exception of the road linking Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.

In Azerbaijan, this agreement was called the surrender of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan said that the decision on peace was given to him hard, but it allowed him to preserve what the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic would have lost. After that, protests were held in Armenia, the protesters insisted on Nikol Pashinyan's resignation.

Nikol Pashinyan, following today's meeting in Moscow, said that despite the agreement, the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has not yet been resolved, the issue of the status of the region has yet to be determined ...Also unresolved, according to him, was the issue of the final exchange of prisoners of war, - the site of the radio station "Echo of Moscow" notes.

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