Armenia and Azerbaijan: ceasefire brokered by Moscow

Russia confirmed that a ceasefire agreement has been reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that it expects the parties to respect it. The ceasefire came into effect at 9 a.m. Moscow time, as determined. Then the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs appealed in a memorandum to Baku and Yerevan to respect the agreement, expressing “grave concern” about the situation on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Moscow’s intervention came after the Security Council of theArmenia He had decided to seek help from Russia After the deterioration of the situation on the border withAzerbaijan. The appeal calls – according to reports by the Russian news agency TASS, which quoted the Armenian Cabinet – for the implementation of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. “The decision was taken to formally appeal to the Russian Federation for the implementation of the provisions of the treaty. There will also be an appeal to the Collective Treaty Organization (OTSC) and the United Nations Security Council in connection with the aggression against the sovereign territory of Armenia,” declared the Cabinet.

Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Pashinyan Had a phone conversation with the Russian President Russian President Vladimir PutinThe two sides discussed the escalation. This was reported on Tuesday evening by the press service of the Armenian Cabinet. “The Prime Minister gave details of the provocative and aggressive actions carried out by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the direction of the sovereign territory of Armenia, which began at midnight and was accompanied by artillery shelling and heavy caliber firearms. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of an appropriate response from the international community,” it stated. in the statement. The Cabinet notes that the parties have agreed to maintain operational contact.

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In the past hours in the identical press releases announced by the agencies tax And the InterfaxThe defense ministries of Yerevan and Baku blamed each other for the escalation on the border, and talked about casualties and material damage due to the bombing. The OTSC mentioned by Yerevan is a military alliance created in 1992 that includes Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Meanwhile, the US government called for the immediate cessation of all military hostilities between the two countries, and recalled that in its view “there is no military solution to the conflict.” The US Secretary of State said in a statement Anthony Blinken He said he was “deeply concerned” by reports of new attacks.

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