Politics

Kremlin makes first statement on situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

14:33, 28 September 2020 163

Kremlin considers that the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan gives a ground for Moscow's serious concern, according to Russian President's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov.


He noted that from the first hours of the escalation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had kept in touch with his counterparts from Azerbaijan and Armenia. Moreover, according to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with his Armenian counterpart at Yerevan's initiative. The Kremlin continues to watch the developments closely.

Peskov also announced Russia's position related to the escalation. Moscow believes that the countries need to immediately cease fire and shift to the political and diplomatic plane.

Russia has always taken a balanced position. It is this position that gives the Russian Federation an opportunity to use its influence and maintain good relations with both sides — Azerbaijan and Armenia — to resolve the conflict, RIA Novosti quotes Peskov.

Moreover, the Kremlin spokesman commented on Yerevan's statements on the possible recognition of Karabakh. The presidential press secretary called on states to show restraint and not take steps that could lead to an aggravation of the conflict. Peskov also said that Putin and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, could hold a phone call 'as needed.'

The journalists asked the Kremlin representative about a possible increase in Russian combat readiness in connection with the situation in Karabakh. Peskov replied that the country was not talking about military options now. Moreover, Moscow does not believe that the aggravation of the situation is associated with attempts from the outside to create difficulties for Russia.

On the night of September 27, Azerbaijan announced the start of a 'counter-offensive operation' in response to the shelling by Armenian armed forces. Meanwhile, Yerevan accused Baku of attacking Nagorno-Karabakh and started reporting downed helicopters, unmanned aircraft and tanks.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called on both sides to 'immediately cease fire and begin negotiations.' Iran offered its mediation in the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Turkish Foreign Ministry 'strongly condemned the attack by Armenia' and stated that Ankara 'will support Azerbaijan, no matter what happens.'

The current stage of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been lasting for three decades. Following the Karabakh war of 1992-1994, about 20 percent of the Azerbaijani territory has been under occupation and controlled by the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. At the same time, there are also Armenian soldiers on a rotational basis there. Yerevan doesn't officially recognize this but doesn't hide it, either.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku had switched to a restricted mode of operation due to the introduction of martial law in the Republic.

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General mobilization in Armenia

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Residential house destroyed by shelling in Azerbaijan's Tartar district

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