An ethnic Armenian looks through binoculars at combat positions near the village of Tagavard in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on January 11, 2021. Photo taken on January 11, 2021. REUTERS / Artem Mikryukov
Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the need for strict adherence to the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan during a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the Kremlin said on Friday.
The call took place late Thursday evening at the request of Armenia after its Defense Ministry accused Azerbaijan of bringing troops into its territory, and the Armenian Prosecutor General opened a criminal case for “encroachment on territorial integrity.” read more
Azerbaijan denied the accusations, saying it was strengthening its border. Armenia said on Thursday that it had stopped the Azeri offensive and that Azeri troops had returned to their positions. No casualties were reported.
Last year, Russia brokered a ceasefire that ended a bloody conflict between Azeri and ethnic Armenians over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, which secured Azerbaijan’s territorial conquests.
During the phone call, Pashinyan told Putin that he had decided to appeal to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a six-member military alliance led by Russia and including Armenia, about the violation, TASS reported, citing the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers. as they say.
“Pashinyan spoke in favor of constructive dialogue and cooperation in order to resolve all emerging problems by peaceful, political and diplomatic means,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
The Kremlin said Russia is determined to continue its mediation efforts and maintain close contacts with both Yerevan and Baku.
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