Russian FM discusses Karabakh with Pashinyan

  21 November 2020    Read: 514
 Russian FM discusses Karabakh with Pashinyan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is on a visit to Yerevan, held a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, reports citing the RIA Novosti.

Sergei Lavrov highlighted the importance of the agreement reached on November 10 among the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia for ceasing the hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and creating an opportunity to stabilize the situation.

"Our peacekeepers are actively involved in the implementation of this agreement. The interdepartmental centre for humanitarian assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh is a new structure and will work in the humanitarian direction", Lavrov noted.

The sides also discussed the issues in the fields of economy and energy.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on November 10.

Under the agreement, a total of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate.

According to the agreement, on November 15, Armenia must hand over the Kelbajar region which lies to the northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh, to Azerbaijan but Armenian asked for more time and it was extended until 25 November. On November 20, the Aghdam region was handed over to Azerbaijan. 

Finally, on 1 December, Armenia will hand over the Lachin District, over which the Lachin pass connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia passes.

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