Russia accuses Azerbaijan of violating ceasefire agreement with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh

Moscow on Saturday (March 26) accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire with Armenia, which was signed after the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, by deploying troops to the area under the control of Russian forces to maintain peace.

Incidents between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces are frequent, but it is the first time since the end of the conflict in November 2020 that Moscow has accused one of the parties of violating the ceasefire guaranteed by Vladimir Putin. This renewed tension comes in a tense context, at a time when Russia has launched a large-scale offensive against Ukraine.

also read Article reserved for our subscribers The role of the Russian army in Karabakh is being discussed in Azerbaijan

“Between 24 and 25 March, the armed forces of Azerbaijan violated the trilateral agreement between the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. (…)enters the area under the responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh »condemned the Russian Ministry of Defense in a press release.

Drone strikes

In Baku, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense has “regretted” the Russian declaration, “which does not reflect the truth and takes only one point of view”. He assured me “Azerbaijan has not violated any clause” of the ceasefire agreement and also “asked the Russian Ministry of Defense to ensure the complete withdrawal of Armenian troops and illegal armed units from this territory, which is internationally recognized as belonging to Azerbaijan”.

According to Russia, Azerbaijani forces set up an observation post and carried out “four Bayraktar-type drone attacks” on Karabakh forces near the Farukh site. “The Russian command of the peacekeeping contingent is taking steps to resolve the situation (…) a call for the withdrawal of troops was sent to the Azerbaijani side »informs the Russian Ministry of Defense in a statement.

also read Article reserved for our subscribers “It feels like a state of siege”: a year after the war, they upset the lives of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh

According to Karabakh authorities, an Azerbaijani drone killed three people and wounded fifteen. “Azerbaijani armed forces are still in the village of Farukh”, lamented Karabakh’s Ministry of Defense. Russian diplomacy has expressed this “deep concern”.

Two soldiers were killed Friday

The agreement of 9 November 2020 signed by Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Armenia, Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani Ilham Aliev, had ended a violent six-week conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over control of Nagorno-Karabakh. , pro-Armenian separatist territory. . Azerbaijani forces had at that time achieved significant territorial gains.

also read Article reserved for our subscribers Nagorno-Karabakh: Vladimir Putin seals Yerevan’s defeat following agreement on “total ceasefire” between Armenia and Azerbaijan

On Friday, Karabakh authorities reported two soldiers killed by Azerbaijani forces. The Armenian Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned one “invasion” which took place on March 24 and was marked by “constant artillery fire”. He also accused his neighbor of depriving Karabakh of gas, preventing the population from heating up and condemning a situation “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe”.

“We expect the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh to take clear steps to resolve the situation and prevent further combat damage.”added Armenian diplomacy.

The Kremlin, for its part, explained on Saturday that MM. Pashinyan and Putin had discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh twice, the day before and the day before.

The mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, supported by Yerevan, populated mainly by Armenians, seceded from Azerbaijan by the fall of the USSR, leading to a first war in the 1990s, which killed 30,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of refugees.

A new conflict erupted in the fall of 2020, killing 6,500 people in six weeks. It ended in a crushing defeat for Armenia, forced to surrender three regions to Azerbaijan, forming a glacier around Nagorno-Karabakh.

Read our survey: Article reserved for our subscribers Between Baku and Yerevan there is a risk of an escalation

The world with AFP

Leave a Comment