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Russian minister Shoygu’s assessment of incidents in Karabakh in the presence of peacekeepers

24-12-2020, 10:27 Karabakh, Russia
Russian minister Shoygu’s assessment of incidents in Karabakh in the presence of peacekeepers

24 December 2020, 10:27 - NovostiNK
No serious incidents took place in Nagorno-Karabakh during the presence of Russian peacekeepers, the Minister Sergey Shoygu stated during the Russian MoD’s extended collegium session.

“As of today no serious incidents took place. The safe movement of civilian transport through the Lachin corridor was opened and continues,” he said.

Shoygu also said that “all for all” exchange of PoWs between the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides was organized, which was led by the Russian peacekeepers.

The three-party statement of November 9 was violated on the very first day when the entry of the Russian peacekeepers was marked by capture of Armenians in the Lachin corridor. The biggest violation was the attacks against two villages in Hadrut region which were under Armenian control and where Russian peacekeepers should have been deployed earlier. Obscure events followed the arrival of peacekeepers though. After three days of resistance 150 Armenian servicemen suddenly appeared in captivity, 9 of them were tortured and killed. Afterwards the villages were handed, and the Kremlin announces that such incidents are additional workload for the peacekeepers.

The principle of all-for-all exchange of prisoners is not working either. Baku has not returned all captives and does not disclose the real number.

For Shoygu these are not serious incidents, of course. Moreover, after the Russian helicopter escorting the cars was downed on the day of entry of the peacekeepers. In this regard, the spokesperson for the Kremlin Peskov announced that a close and constructive dialogue with Baku is in process.



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