Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Russian peacekeepers moved to the area where they were tasked to control the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. «The troops will travel for more than 250 km, deploy as a peacekeeping contingent, and set up Russian observation posts along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh, and along the Lachin corridor» — the message stated. Earlier the Russian Defense Ministry reported that more than 400 Russian peacekeepers from the 15th separate peacekeeping brigade have arrived to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. They were delivered by 20 Il-76 military transport aircraft.
The head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Forces, Sergei Rudskoy, stated that Armenia and Azerbaijan had ceased the hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. The troops of both countries stopped at the current positions. «Currently the hostilities have been stopped by both sides. The troops of Azerbaijan and Armenia have stopped at their positions» — Rudskoy stated during a briefing. He added that «in order to control the implementation of the ceasefire, a Russian peacekeeping contingent was sent to the Nagorno-Karabakh area, and to the Lachin corridor». Rudskoy added that the Russian peacekeepers «took control of the Lachin corridor, and a section of the road between Lachin and the ‘Lysogorsky’ state farm. They also set up temporary observation posts».
The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated during a live broadcast on his Facebook page that Armenia had to sign an agreement to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in order to avoid a military collapse. «If the hostilities continued — there would be a very high probability that the cities of Stepanakert, Martuni and Askeran would fall. Thousands of our soldiers would be surrounded, and a collapse would take place. We had to sign that agreement» — Pashinyan explained and added that the decision was made after consultations with the General Staff, and the leadership of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
The Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement on Wednesday that Ankara and Moscow signed a protocol on a joint Turkish-Russian center for the monitoring of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. «A protocol on a joint Turkish-Russian center for the monitoring of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh was signed this morning» — Erdogan stated. He expressed his hope that «a just peace will be ensured in Syria, just like in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey is ready for a closer cooperation with Russia on the future of Syria» — the Turkish President added. In his words — «Turkey, together with Russia, will take a place among the peacekeepers in Karabakh». He added that Ankara «will cooperate more closely with Baku.» On 10th of November the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, told to the reporters that the creation of a monitoring center in Nagorno-Karabakh on the territory of Azerbaijan wasn’t mention in the joint ceasefire agreement between the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. «These conditions are subject to a separate agreement» — end of quote. According to the press secretary of the Russian president, the presence of Turkish peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh isn’t provided.