‘Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia sign deal to end conflict’ | NOW



Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia have signed an agreement to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from Tuesday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pasjinian said. A Kremlin representative has confirmed the peace deal, Russian agencies report.

Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, also confirmed on the night from Monday to Tuesday that he has signed the agreement. “This statement signed by three countries will be pivotal in the conflict,” he said in an online meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin is against news agency Interfax said that the treaty provides for a Russian peacekeeping force. It will be stationed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh. Aliyev said Turkey will also assist in keeping the peace in the area.

“The decision was made on the basis of a thorough analysis of the military situation and in consultation with the best experts,” Pasjinian has stated on social media.

“This is not a victory, but you cannot be defeated until you consider yourself defeated. We never will. This will be the beginning of an era of national unity and rebirth,” said the prime minister.

Pasjinian says he will address the nation “in the coming days.” Further details will then follow.

Azerbaijan acknowledges shooting down Russian helicopter

On Monday, another Russian army helicopter was shot down in Armenia, near the border with Azerbaijan. Two crew members died. Azerbaijan acknowledged shooting down the helicopter and apologized.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan for the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave flared up in late September. The region, with a population of about 145,000, is controlled by Armenian Armed Forces, but recognized by the United Nations (UN) as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.

Russia, the protective force of Armenia, has a military base there. Azerbaijan can count on the support of Turkey. Russia also supplies weapons to Azerbaijan.

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