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Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nikol Pashinyan spoke to Vladimir Putin by phone

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan discussed the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh and the measures aimed at stabilizing it during a telephone conversation, the Kremlin said in a statement, quoted by the Reuters agency. Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan around the separatist region increased in November.

“Nikol Pashinyan expressed his gratitude for Russia’s active mediation efforts. Further contacts have been agreed,” said President Vladimir Putin’s short press release on Sunday.

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On Tuesday, at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan there were violent clashes. According to the authorities in Yerevan, 15 Armenian soldiers were killed and 12 military were captured by Azerbaijani forces. Yerevan also reported that two combat posts of the Armenian army came under Azerbaijan control. Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said seven Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and ten injured during the clashes.

The situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border

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Both sides of the conflict accused each other of “provocation”. The Foreign Ministry in Baku said it believed Armenia was guilty of “deliberately escalating tensions at the border between the two countries.”

After Tuesday’s attack, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire. Russia acted as an intermediary in the talks. Also on that day, Nikol Pashinyan spoke by phone with Vladimir Putin.

Defense ministries in Baku and Yerevan reported on Wednesday that “the situation in the eastern section of the border is relatively calm and the ceasefire agreement is generally respected.”

One year after the end of the 44-day war

New fights between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed a year after the end of the 44-day war for the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh. Fighting broke out in September 2020 and ended with a decisive victory for Azerbaijan, which took control of a number of towns located in Nagorno-Karabakh, previously controlled by Armenians.

Agreement on Nagorno-KarabakhPAP / AFP

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire agreement in early November last year. Russia acted as a guarantor of compliance with the truce agreements, and a Russian peace contingent was sent to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nikol Pashinyan and the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, are to meet in December in Brussels. The leaders of both countries agreed to them after a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Panarmenian agency reported on Saturday.

Reuters, TASS, Panarmenian

Main photo source: PAP / EPA



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