Baku: Legal system for Russian peacekeeper mandate under discussion

Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyv has said that “some discussions” on additional legal mechanisms for the mandate of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh are still underway….

“All of Karabakh is the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan….and in accordance with the November 10 statement, peacekeeping forces have been temporarily deployed in a certain part of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region,” the presidential aide underlined.

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About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five years in Karabakh under the Moscow-brokered trilateral cease-fire deal signed in 2020. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.

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The deal also stipulated the return of Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions.

…President Ilham Aliyev reiterated that Azerbaijan has recently identified that Armenian troops are being sent to Karabakh via the Lachin corridor that is controlled by the Russian peacekeepers and stressed that this contradicts the 10 November 2020 peace deal signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan.