Russian FM calls attempts to question Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal 'unacceptable'

  21 November 2020    Read: 595
 Russian FM calls attempts to question Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal 

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov called 'unacceptable' an attempt to question the Nagorno-Karabakh peace statement signed on November 9 by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in his visit to Armenia, reports. 

Sergey Lavrov stated that the main focus was on the full and accurate implementation of the November 9 statement of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, which includes the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh region, peacekeeping missions and other issues.

"It was unanimously stated that attempts to question this statement not only within the country but also abroad are unacceptable", Lavrov added. 

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 10 November 2020.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.

Back in July 2020, Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.


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