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Russian peacekeepers began withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh: Kremlin

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Russian peacekeepers’ autos are parked at a checkpoint on the highway to Shusha within the separatist area of Nagorno-Karabakh, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman mentioned Wednesday April 17, 2024 that Russian forces are being withdrawn from Azerbaijan’s Karabakh area, the place they’ve been stationed as peacekeepers for the reason that finish of a battle in 2020.
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Russian peacekeepers have begun withdrawing from Nagorno-Karabakh following Azerbaijan’s recapture of the disputed territory from Armenian separatists final yr, the Kremlin mentioned on Wednesday.

Azerbaijani state media reported this week that Russian troops had begun leaving positions held as a part of a Moscow-brokered 2020 ceasefire between Baku and Yerevan.

They posted movies and photographs displaying armoured autos with Russian flags purportedly driving out of the territory.

Asked on Wednesday in regards to the reviews that Russian peacekeepers had began a withdrawal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned: “Yes, that’s true.”

He didn’t present additional particulars.

An advisor to Azerbaijan’s President mentioned the choice had been agreed between Baku and Moscow on the “highest levels.”

“The process has already started. The Defence Ministries of Azerbaijan and Russia are carrying out the necessary measures,” state media quoted Hikmet Hajiyev, President Ilham Aliyev’s international coverage advisor, as saying.

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Russia had deployed a 2,000-strong peacekeeping drive as a part of a deal to finish a bloody six-week offensive in 2020 that noticed Azerbaijani forces seize swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and the encircling areas.

Last September, Baku took over the territory in a lightening one-day offensive that triggered a refugee disaster. Almost the complete native inhabitants of round 100,000 ethnic Armenians left for Armenia, fearing reprisals and repression.

The territory is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however was dwelling to a majority Armenian inhabitants and managed by pro-Yerevan separatists for almost three a long time.

The battle has ruptured ties between conventional allies Russia and Armenia, with Moscow sustaining heat relations with Baku.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan mentioned lately that Yerevan has de facto suspended its participation within the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) — a defence alliance.

He has repeatedly criticised Russia for not stepping in to assist his nation within the face of what he says is Azerbaijani aggression.

Yerevan has additionally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), in opposition to Moscow’s needs — a transfer which obligates it to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin ought to he go to Armenia.

Arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan are presently making an attempt to dealer a broader peace settlement that would see Baku achieve management of but extra disputed territory.

Clashes and shootouts between troops stationed alongside the mountainous border are comparatively widespread.

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