Russian peacekeepers' vehicles move freely along Azerbaijan's Lachin-Khankendi road (PHOTO)

Politics Materials 18 January 2023 14:22 (UTC +04:00)
Russian peacekeepers' vehicles move freely along Azerbaijan's Lachin-Khankendi road (PHOTO)

SHUSHA, Azerbaijan, January 18. Conditions have been created for the unhindered passage of four vehicles of Russian peacekeepers [temporarily deployed in Azerbaijan] along the Lachin-Khankendi road passing near Shusha, Trend reports from the scene.

In total, 19 vehicles belonging to the peacekeepers have driven freely along the Lachin-Khankendi road in both directions.

This once again indicates that the movement of humanitarian vehicles through the territory where the peaceful protest rally is being held is free and there are no obstacles.

The peaceful protest of Azerbaijani non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the Lachin-Khankendi road against the illicit exploitation of Azerbaijan's mineral resources in the area of Russian peacekeepers' temporary deployment has been going on for over a month.

Previously, following the talks with the Russian peacekeepers' command on December 3 and 7, 2022, a group of experts from the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the State Property Service under the Ministry of Economy, and AzerGold CJSC were going to begin preliminary monitoring of the illicit mineral resource exploitation, as well as emerging environmental implications on Azerbaijani lands, where the Russian peacekeepers are temporarily deployed, on December 10, 2022.

The expert team was expected to inspect the environmental condition at the 'Gizilbulagh' gold deposit and the 'Damirli' copper-molybdenum deposit, monitor various areas, organize cadastral property records, assess potential risks and threats to the environment, as well as to underground and surface water sources.

However, when arriving in the monitoring area, the expert group, accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, faced provocations. The planned initial inspection and monitoring did not take place due to the fact that the Russian peacekeepers not only did not create necessary conditions but also prevented for the entire process to carry on.