Azerbaijan accuses Russia of not honoring its obligations

On Sunday (16 July) Baku accused Moscow of failing to fulfill its obligations under the 2020 ceasefire agreement. RussiaTo end the war betweenAzerbaijan And thisArmenia For control of the region Nagorno-KarabakhThe day after the talks between Yerevan and Baku.

“The Russian side has not guaranteed full implementation EggThis agreement is part of its obligations,” Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said, adding that Moscow “has done nothing” to prevent Armenia from supplying military equipment to separatist forces in the country.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been the scene of conflict between Baku and Yerevan for decades. At the center of the dispute, two wars have erupted between the neighboring countries along the mountainous region, which is inhabited mainly by Armenians but is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyevand Prime Minister of Armenia, Nicole PashinianUnder the auspices of the president of the European Council, they met in Brussels on Saturday for new talks on a settlement to the decades-long conflict. Charles Michael. Russia, for its part, proposes to organize a summit in Moscow, which would restore control of the peace process.

Closure of Lachin Corridor

In the fall of 2020, Moscow sponsored a cease-fire agreement at the end of a six-week war in which Armenian forces were defeated and forced to cede areas under their control.

Russia has moved to deploy troops along the Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Armenia with the Nagorno-Karabakh region, to guarantee free movement between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

It was Closed by Azerbaijan on Tuesday It was able to resume medical evacuations from Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday, based on “removal” operations carried out by the Armenian branch of the Red Cross.

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On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry urged Azerbaijan to reopen the corridor. On site, 6,000 people They gathered on Friday to make the same demand.

Russian diplomacy also said Armenia’s recent recognition of Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan had “radically changed” the position of Russian peacekeepers stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh.

As part of negotiations at the end of May, Yerevan agreed to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, complying with a number of measures, including protecting the rights and security of Armenian residents in the region.

Western involvement in the region

In Brussels on Saturday, discussions between Ilham Aliyev and Nikol Pashinyan focused specifically on “the worsening Nagorno-Karabakh humanitarian crisis,” according to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, and both sides agreed to “intensify work aimed at solving existing problems.”

“Our discussions have again been open, honest and substantive,” Charles Michael said in a short statement after the meeting. He encouraged the two leaders to “take bold steps to ensure decisive and irreversible progress on the road to normalcy”.

Charles Michel announced his intention to organize a new meeting with the two leaders in Brussels after the summer and a five-way debate in Spain in early October, on the sidelines of the next summit of the European political community with French and German leaders.

The involvement of Western countries in the region, especially the European Union, is growing, while the traditional policeman The CaucasusStuck in its invasion of Ukraine, Russia appears to be running out of steam.

Russia is ready to organize a tripartite meeting.

On Saturday, in an attempt to regain control of the process, the Kremlin offered to hold a meeting at the level of foreign ministers, while suggesting that a future peace deal could be signed in Moscow.

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In a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, “Russia is ready to host a tripartite meeting of foreign ministers in Moscow in the near future.

Moscow offers to host a “Russia-Azerbaijan-Armenia summit to sign the relevant (peace) agreement” when the time comes.

But now the tension has reached a tipping point. Armenian separatists are creating radio jams in the GPS navigation systems of local and foreign planes flying in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

Armenian separatist officials have dismissed the allegations as “totally false”.

With AFP

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