Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, announced that Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to a ceasefire. The agreement is to apply from 12 o’clock on Saturday. The parties agreed, according to the head of Russian diplomacy, to exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed in the conflict.
The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, after about 10 hours of talks in Moscow between diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan, announced that from Saturday, from 12 o’clock, a ceasefire in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh will be introduced.
Russia’s foreign minister also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to start substantial negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The talks will be mediated by the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) led by Russia, the USA and France.
Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian-controlled and inhabited enclave in the territory of Azerbaijan. On September 27, the conflict over the region resumed – Azerbaijan began shelling Armenian settlements, claiming that there had been a provocation by the Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier.
In the fighting, which also took place on Friday, both sides suffered casualties, and were also killed and wounded among the civilian population. However, each side of the conflict claims to have “eliminated thousands of enemy soldiers.” According to experts, it is difficult to determine the exact balance of victims of the conflict due to disinformation activities on both sides and the lack of independent observers and journalists in the region. The armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out in 1988 and has so far claimed approximately 30,000 people. fatalities.
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