BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 18. The opening of the Aghdam-Khankendi road is the beginning of the practical reintegration of Karabakh Armenians into the political and legal space of Azerbaijan, Igor Korotchenko, general director of the Caspian Institute for Strategic Studies (Russia), wrote on social networks, Trend reports.
"Now there is no "blockade", "mass starvation," or "genocide"—the propaganda husk has come off. As much as the separatists and their lobbyists did not hinder the opening of the Aghdam-Khankendi road, this transportation artery finally started working. At the same time, traffic on the Lachin road was opened with observance of border and customs procedures established by Azerbaijani legislation," he emphasized.
Moreover, the separatists in Karabakh finally submitted to Azerbaijan's conditions and agreed to the simultaneous opening of the Lachin road and the Aghdam-Khankendi road.
Thus, the separatist leaders stated that they decided to accept the joint proposal of the Khankendi office of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the command of the Russian peacekeepers on simultaneous transportation of food by ICRC vehicles along the Lachin road and the Aghdam-Khankendi road.
In fact, there was an agreement on the simultaneous opening of these routes as early as September 1. The separatists expediently delayed this process.
Also, the vehicles of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) crossed the Lachin border checkpoint parallel to the Aghdam-Khankendi road without hindrance on September 18.