Russia, Azerbaijan plan talks on peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 12, ARMENPRESS. Russia and Azerbaijan are finalizing the timeframes of the next round of talks around the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Ambassador of Russia in Azerbaijan Mikhail Yevdokimov has said.

“We are now agreeing upon the timeframes of the next round of negotiations on our peacekeeping contingent between Moscow and Baku with the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister,” Yevdokimov told Izvestiya newspaper. 

Russia deployed around 2,000 peacekeepers to what was then the “line of contact” and the Lachin Corridor in Nagorno-Karabakh under the terms of the Moscow-mediated 2020 ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The peacekeepers were deployed for at least until 2025. The 2020 ceasefire agreement stipulated that the peacekeeping operation can be repeatedly extended by five more years if neither party objects to that.

The Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan said that the role of the peacekeeping contingent has changed after Azerbaijan took control of Nagorno-Karabakh. He said that the Russian troops are now patrolling along with Azeri troops in Nagorno-Karabakh and protecting buildings and cultural structures.

Azerbaijan perpetrated ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh in September 2023. The entire population of Nagorno-Karabakh, over 100,000 Armenians, fled to Armenia after Azerbaijan launched a military attack.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS