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Russia denies report of encirclement of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh

08:28, 17 December 2020
Russia denies report of encirclement of Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense/vk.com

The information about the Russian peacekeepers' encirclement in Nagorno-Karabakh is untrue, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The reports about the alleged encirclement of the Russian peacekeeping units by one of the parties in Nagorno-Karabakh does not correspond to reality, the ministry said.

They noted that all peacekeeping units work in a regular mode, both when monitoring the ceasefire regime and at observation posts, RIA Novosti reports.

The peacekeeping headquarters conducts continuous interaction with both the Armenian and Azerbaijani general staff through a direct communication channel. It helps prevent unwanted incidents.

The Ministry of Defense recalled that the peacekeepers are acting under the agreement of both parties to the conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan earlier reported the encirclement of Russian peacekeepers. According to him, the incident took place in the Gadrut region of Karabakh. The Russian department stressed that there was no such situation.

The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh resumed on September 27. Baku launched a counter-offensive operation in response to the provocations of the Armenian side. On the night of November 10, Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev, Putin, and Pashinyan adopted a joint statement on the conditions for ending the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, the armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan remained in their places. The parties agreed to exchange prisoners and the bodies of the dead. Russian peacekeepers control compliance with the ceasefire.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Erdogan stressed the importance of Putin's approach in Karabakh settlement.