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Live Updates: Armenian Defence Minister Thanks Russia for Deploying Peacekeepers in Karabakh

Previously, Moscow, Baku, and Yerevan issued a joint statement, declaring the end of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. The new agreement stipulates deployment of almost 2,000 Russian peacekeepers in the region in order to ensure that the clashes will cease.

The statement was published after Azerbaijan claimed control over Shushi (Shusha), a key city in the region.

In the meantime, unrest continues in the Armenian capital of Yerevan after a new ceasefire statement was adopted. Protesters stormed the government headquarters on early Tuesday, smashing windows and furniture inside and demanding the Armenian prime minister to resign.

Media reports said thousands of people gathered in the centre of the city, while other protesters forced their way into the government headquarters, smashing windows and damaging the furniture inside. Meanwhile, a Sputnik correspondent said President of National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan was beaten up by protesters, who demanded Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation.

According to Pashinyan, there was no other way than to sign the joint statement on ceasing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the deal, Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at their current positions, will exchange prisoners and allow for Russian peacekeepers to be deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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01:13 GMT 11.11.2020

"The deployment of Russia's peacekeeping forces [to Nagorno-Karabakh] is the best option", Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyantold the country's Public Television.

“We thank Russia for assistance", the minister said.

23:01 GMT 10.11.2020

"I welcome the cessation of hostilities in and around Nagorno Karabakh. The Russian-brokered ceasefire that has been agreed on Monday between Armenia and Azerbaijan will help to prevent the further loss of life and is hopefully the first step towards a comprehensive settlement", Borrell said in a statement.

"Negotiations will now need to ensure that any settlement is sustainable. The European Union continues to support the established, OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs led, format and stands ready to contribute to these efforts and to the implementation of agreements for the peaceful and prosperous development of the entire South Caucasus region", he said.

22:58 GMT 10.11.2020

"Overall, 12 Il-76 military transport aircraft with officers of the command of the Russian peacekeeping forces and servicemen of units of the 15th peacekeeping brigade have landed in the Republic of Armenia", the statement said.

The aircraft delivered more than 200 military personnel, armoured personnel carriers, armoured vehicles and communications equipment.

20:58 GMT 10.11.2020

"Apart from the ceasefire agreement that was announced yesterday, the resumption of talks between the two parties on a long-term settlement of the conflict is still necessary. France will play its role in full within the framework of co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.

He mentioned that talks must begin soon.

"In particular, they [talks] should allow people who were displaced in recent weeks as a result of the conflict, and define the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh", Le Drian noted.

Le Drian added that he expected Baku to fulfill its obligations per the agreement.

"It is necessary to stop the fighting ... That is why we expect a strict implementation of the obligations that have been accepted by Azerbaijan and an immediate cessation of the offensive. In that regard, we call on Turkey not to take any actions against this priority goal", he stressed.

19:52 GMT 10.11.2020

"Russian Defence Minister, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, held phone talks with Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar today. The defence ministers of Russia and Turkey discussed the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and exchanged views on stabilising the situation in Syria", the statement says.

19:42 GMT 10.11.2020

"We have taken note of the Russian-brokered arrangement to cease the fighting, and will be interested in learning more about the details and plans for implementation of this new arrangement as it takes shape", the spokesperson said.

The State Department official said it is too early to comment on the ceasefire.

"While we will be happy to see an end to the violence, we cannot comment yet on the specific details of the ceasefire or next steps," the spokesperson noted. "Any questions on how the parties perceive the new arrangements should be directed to them".

Washington condemned "in the strongest terms" the escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh region, he added.

19:04 GMT 10.11.2020

"Vladimir Putin informed his Turkish colleague on the substance of the agreements with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, recorded in a trilateral statement of November 9 this year. Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the mediation efforts of Russia, which create a good basis for reaching a long-term and comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," the statement following a phone talk between Putin and Erdogan says.

18:29 GMT 10.11.2020

"The situation in the Republic of Artsakh [the self-name of Karabakh] is quite calm, controlled, the hostilities have completely stopped. There are rare shots, serious silence prevails," Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan said on Tuesday in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia.

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In a statement on Tuesday cited by IRNA, the ministry expressed hope that the ceasefire agreement would lead to the final arrangements for long-lasting peace in the Caucasus region.

It stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries, which would introduce no change to official international borders, freedom of the occupied territories, return of refugees to their homelands, respecting the security and rights of minorities as well as ousting Takfiri terrorists and foreign fighters from the region.

Iran also emphasised its readiness to contribute to the establishment of permanent peace and security in the region and also to participate in regional initiatives.

16:16 GMT 10.11.2020

MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - The Russian Foreign Ministry is not aware of the creation of any formats to replace the OSCE Minsk Group in the Karabakh settlement, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from Russia, Igor Popov, said on Tuesday, speaking about a proposal to create a new working group on the Karabakh settlement.

"It is better to ask their direct participants about the content of the presidents' conversation. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry does not know anything about the creation of any bilateral formats to replace the OSCE Minsk Group," Popov said.

"We continue to proceed from the neutral role of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, who made an important contribution to the development of basic principles for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which formed the basis of the agreements recorded in the statement of the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia on November 9. We proceed from the assumption that the agreements reached will create the necessary conditions for a long-term and full-scale settlement of the crisis around Nagorno-Karabakh on a fair basis and in the interests of the Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples," Popov stressed.

16:01 GMT 10.11.2020

"I am responsible for this situation and will bear it. This is a great failure for us, a great catastrophe, a great mourning for the lost lives, but I believe that Armenia and Artsakh [the self-name of Karabakh] must live, must reinforce, strengthen, must reconsider the previous perception on various issues. I know that other solutions were simply impossible before. If the document had not been signed now, the situation would have been even worse. It is necessary to record that we fell, but we did not slide into the abyss. We made the decision to stop in time, otherwise our condition would be much worse. Lessons must be learned, this can help the future development of our country", Pashinyan said on the air of the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

15:39 GMT 10.11.2020

The president said that the two killed crew members were the crew chief Maj. Yury Ischuk and 1st Lt. Roman Fedin. Putin wished a speedy recovery to the injured crew member and asked Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to help families of the killed soldiers.


15:31 GMT 10.11.2020

"President of Azerbaijan has assured me that there will be a thorough investigation as part of the criminal case that was opened, the guilty parties will be held accountable", Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting with the defence ministry leadership.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov have discussed the Russian Mi-24 helicopter that was downed by Azerbaijan in Armenian airspace. Baku apologised once again and Russia stressed the need for an investigation, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said.

"The Azerbaijani foreign minister once again apologised to Russia for this tragic incident. Moscow stressed once again that there must be a full-fledged probe as soon as possible", Zakharova said.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that the deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh is being carried out in accordance with international law, noting that the key point is approval from both sides of the conflict.

"We have a document, a decree by the Russian Federation Council issued on September 30, 2015 ('On the Use of the Russian Armed Forces Outside the Territory of the Russian Federation'). The first provision says: to allow the president of the Russian Federation to use the armed forces outside the territory of the Russian Federation on the basis of globally recognised principles and regulations of international law", Zakharova said, as aired by the RTVI broadcaster.

11:36 GMT 10.11.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union has welcomed the agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and is currently reviewing its terms in more detail, EU Commission spokesman Peter Stano said on Tuesday.

"We noted the announcement on the ceasefire, and we are welcoming the end of hostilities. The EU has repeatedly called for the end of the fighting. We deplore, of course, the loss of lives that this confrontation has brought so far. And we are assessing the details of this ceasefire in order to be able to understand better its implications and its details. We will come up later with a more detailed reaction", Stano said at a daily briefing.

11:26 GMT 10.11.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia will send at least 22 Il-76 military transport planes with peacekeepers to Karabakh, according to a video released by the Defence Ministry on Tuesday.

"Eleven planes are conducting flights to the airfields of their destination, while 11 more planes have been loaded and are awaiting departure", Defence Ministry staffers told the head of the National Defence Management Centre.

11:20 GMT 10.11.2020

"On Wednesday, Nagorno-Karabakh’s president is ready to receive Armenian National Assembly leaders in Stepanakert. After this, he is ready for meetings with non-parliamentary parties", Sputnik report says.

11:12 GMT 10.11.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Azerbaijan will restore destroyed health facilities and build new medical centres in the "liberated areas" of Karbakh, Health Minister Ogtay Shiraliyev said on Tuesday.

"Our medical workers have a lot of tasks for them in order to restore the destroyed infrastructure in the liberated areas and to construct new clinics and medical centres, ensuring full protection for the population, and we are very glad to know this", Ogtay Shiraliyev said at the World Health Assembly.

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"I will comment on it like this: there is not a [single] word about it in the text of the joint statement, the three sides never negotiated it, and the presence of Turkish troops in Karabakh was not coordinated", Peskov noted.

09:10 GMT 10.11.2020

"As a response, and in protest against similar criminal actions I say that I reject the high rank of Artsakh [NKR] Hero and stop performing duties of the Security Council secretary", Babayan wrote on Facebook.

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The Turkish and Azerbaijani presidents discussed the creation of a Russian-Tukish peacekeeping centre in Karabakh.

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The joint statement on Nagorno-Karabakh was published on Tuesday on the Russian president's website.

08:15 GMT 10.11.2020
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"I made this decision after the army, in fact, insisted on doing it. You can imagine the situation when the army says that it is necessary to stop", he said.

According to Pashinyan, an earlier announcement of the agreement could have resulted in decreased fighting efficiency. The prime minister also expressed regret over the Armenian people having not been aware of the truth.

"Military resources were not completely efficient", he went on to say, noting that some fighters on the frontline had not had any rest in a month.

06:46 GMT 10.11.2020
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"We lost Fizuli, Dzhabrail, Qubadli, Zangilan, and the Hadrut district, parts of the Martuni and Askeran disctricts, and, most importantly, Shushi. The fighting was already on the outskirts of Stepanakert, at a distance of 2-3 kilometres. At this pace, within days we would have lost all Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh[", Harutyunyan said on Facebook.

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YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenia's Defense Ministry and General Staff issued a joint statement on Tuesday in the wake of protests, calling on the people to abstain from steps that could undermine the statehood, also pointing to the importance of strengthening the army.

"We are calling on you to avoid actions that can undermine the foundations of statehood, and, drawing lessons from all the possible mistakes, to create an incomparably stronger and more efficient army that would live up to the heroic people", the joint statement read.

04:45 GMT 10.11.2020

"I learned about the signing of a statement on the end of the Karabakh war with the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan from the press. From the press I also learned about the conditions. I did not take part in any negotiations", Sarkissian said, stressing he's launching consultations taking into consideration the deep concerns among Armenians and the need to protect the nation's interests.

04:27 GMT 10.11.2020

"The fifth Il-76 military transport aircraft with Russian peacekeepers on board took off from the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny airfield. Personnel from the peacekeeping unit, armoured personnel carriers, and materiel are on board", the statement from the Defence Ministry said.

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"We are collecting signatures to convene an extraordinary meeting in order to cancel this decision", Iveta Tonoyan, member of the National Assembly for Prosperous Armenia, told Sputnik.

02:44 GMT 10.11.2020

President of the National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan has suffered injuries after being beaten up by angry protesters, but they are not life-threatening, according to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

02:09 GMT 10.11.2020

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has called on those not connected to protesters to leave the streets and has denied engaging in any "deal" or dishonesty in adopting the joint statement on the end of war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

01:58 GMT 10.11.2020

Yerevan citizens are walking freely inside the building, as the entrance remains open to everybody. Protesters are chanting offensive slogans, engaging in scuffles with each other and throwing bottles.

Some of them are demanding lawmakers to get back to work, assuming they could reverse the statement on Karabakh signed by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan earlier.

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