Moscow accused “the Azerbaijani armed forces of violating the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh” and said it was ready to “stabilize” the situation. This was stated in a note by the Russian Defense Ministry.
“The command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent is taking measures to stabilize the situation together with the representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides”, reads a note released by the Tass agency.
Azerbaijan and the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh in the last few hours accuse each other of violating the ceasefire and each denounce the death of their own fighter.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry accused the fighters of the self-proclaimed republic of targeting the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the Lachin district (under the supervision of Russian troops) by killing a conscript soldier.
Nagorno-Karabakh has in turn pointed the finger at the Azerbaijani army accusing it of killing one fighter and injuring eight others.
In the fall of 2020 there were bloody fighting between Armenians and Azeris in Nagorno-Karabakh, where more than 6,500 people are estimated to have lost their lives.
A ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in November 2020 with the mediation of Moscow.
According to the document, Azerbaijan has retained the conquered territories and Armenia has also ceded other areas of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh and neighboring territories to it. Also on the basis of the agreement, Russia has sent about 2,000 soldiers to Nagorno-Karabakh, with the official aim of enforcing the truce. The Armenian opposition has branded the truce agreement as a “capitulation”, but according to Prime Minister Pashinyan, continuing to fight the defeat of the Armenian troops would only have been heavier.
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