Categorie
Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani Soldier Killed In Skirmish Amid Ongoing Diplomacy On Nagorno-Karabakh (Suren Musayelyan, RFE RL)

One Azerbaijani soldier has been killed and six Armenian servicemen wounded in Nagorno-Karabakh in skirmishes reported late on October 14.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that the soldier was killed by Armenian sniper fire.

In a statement, ethnic Armenian forces denied responsibility for his death, reporting later in the evening that six of its soldiers at an outpost in Karabakh’s east were wounded after coming under Azerbaijani fire.

Azerbaijani Soldier Killed In Skirmish Amid Ongoing Diplomacy On Nagorno-Karabakh (rferl.org)

Categorie
Armenia Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh Russia

Russian, Azerbaijani, Armenian top diplomats discuss implementation of Karabakh agreements (TASS)

The trilateral meeting of Foreign Ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia took place in Minsk Thursday with Russia’s mediation, Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

Russian, Azerbaijani, Armenian top diplomats discuss implementation of Karabakh agreements – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

Categorie
Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani president notes important role of Russia, Turkey in Transcaucasia (TASS)

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev thinks that Russia and Turkey play an important role in the development and stability of the South Caucasus in the post-war period.

“Today I think about Turkey and Russia as two neighbors of Azerbaijan, and one of them is a neighbor of Armenia, [that play a] very important role in the stability, security and future development. As you probably know, there was recently a meeting between presidents of two countries. Among other issues they discussed the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We consider the role of both countries as a very positive stabilizing role. I think this is the bulk of the new regional cooperation configuration,” the Azerbaijani leader said in an interview with Spain’s EFE news agency. The text of the interview was published on Saturday on the AzerTAC new agency’s website.

The Azerbaijani president reiterated that Russia and Turkey had set up a joint monitoring center in the district of Aghdam in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, he noted that Russian peacekeepers undertake measures to protect peace in the areas inhabited by Armenians. “So, new realities already are in place. Every country has to take into account these realities,” he said.

In the fall of 2020, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated with armed clashes occurring on the disputed territory. On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the document, the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would maintain the positions that they had held, a number of regions would be controlled by Azerbaijan, and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region along the line of engagement and the Lachin corridor.

Categorie
Nagorno-Karabakh

Larov, Armenian top diplomat discuss implementation of trilateral agreements on Karabakh (TASS)

The implementation of the trilateral agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh was the focus of a telephone conversation between Russian and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Ararat Mirzoyan, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.

“Special attention was focused on the problems of regional stability and security, first of all, on the implementation of the trilateral agreements of the Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian leaders of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021,” it said.

The sides also stressed the necessity of finding solutions to humanitarian problems in Nagorno-Karabakh. “The ministers shared the opinion that the unblocking of transport and economic communications in the South Caucasus, the promotion of trust-building measures and the expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation between the neighboring countries will help further normalize the situation in the region,” the ministry emphasized. “The sides stressed the importance of finding solutions to the pressing humanitarian problems, such as, first of all, releasing detainees, sharing minefield maps and preserving cultural heritage sites.”

Apart from that, the two top diplomats discussed current issues on the bilateral agenda, including in the context of upcoming high-level contacts. “The ministers agreed to expand inter-ministerial ties to organize the 20th session of the intergovernmental economic cooperation commission and the 8th interregional forum before the yearend,” the ministry added.

Lavrov and Mirzoyan also discussed bilateral cooperation within international formats and integration associations. “The minister discussed cooperation within common integration associations, including in the context of Armenia’s presidency in the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization – TASS), and coordination of steps within international formats, such as the United Nations and the OSCE,” the ministry said. “The Russian side expressed satisfaction with the results of the OSCE Minsk Group-mediated meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.”

It was also reported that Russian and Armenian Foreign Ministers stressed the necessity of finding solutions to humanitarian problems in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The sides stressed the importance of finding solutions to the pressing humanitarian problems, such as, first of all, releasing detainees, sharing mine field maps and preserving cultural heritage sites,” it said.

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, 2020, with intense battles raging in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On November 9, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the document, the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides stopped at the positions that they had held and Russian peacekeepers were deployed along the engagement line in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor that connects Armenia with the enclave to exercise control of the ceasefire observance. Apart from that, a number of districts came over to Baku’s control.