Number of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh region may be increased only upon agreement with all parties – Russian president
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
It is possible to increase the number of peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region only upon the agreement with all parties, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
President Putin made the remark during the press conference, Trend reports on Dec. 17.
"We initially discussed the number of our peacekeepers," the president said. "Their number has been agreed. This is a technical issue. If the conclusion is made to increase their number, we will do it, if not, then we will not do this."
Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.
A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.
Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.