Russian president Vladimir Putin mediates a cease-fire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov announces it, after a marathon of high-level diplomatic talks between Armenia and Azerbaijian, which took place in Moscow.
The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and Russia
On 27th September, the fights between Armenia and Azerbaijan started again in Nagorno-Karabakh. This conflict sees in contrapposition Russia and Turkey. The first one stands for Armenia, while Turkey stand for Azerbaijan.
Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed so far that, if the war in Nagorno-Karabakh ends not in a few time, Russia will intervene for the former Armenian ally. In fact, he said: “Ostilities, with our big regret, do continue today, as well. For which regards the agreement signed with Armenia, we have always fulfilled and we are going to continue in fulfilling our obligations”.
However, the spekaer of Kremlin Dimitrj Peskov was quick to clarify that Moscow has to intervene on the obligations by the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) between Armenia, Belarus, Kazakistan, Kirghizistan, Russia and Tagikistan. We have to add this obligations do not recognize the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. In a few words, he specified Russia has not definitely to intervene.
Moscow is linked to the both countries’ businesses. So, to react against Bako could mean to lose ground in Azerbaijian, in order to favor Ankara. On the countrary, by not intervening Moscow could send a signal of weakness to the former USSR countries.
Putin mediates the cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh
Russian President Vladimir Putin has so decided to convocate the two countries’ foreign ministers in order to find out a cease-fire agreement.
After 10 hours of high-level diplomatic talks, Armenia and Azerbaijan reached an agreement on the cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov claimed that the two countries engaged to start substantial talks in order to achieve a pacific solution as soon as possible.
The cease-fire agreement, which is come into effect at 12 p.m. of Saturday, 10th October 2020, will be needed to guarantee a prisoners exchange and to recover the victims’ bodies.
It does not seem the agreement will last longer
Lavrov has not given detalis about these talks. However, he claimed the Minsk Group helped to mediate the talks.
After a few minutes from the coming into effect og the cease-fire agreement, the two goverments are already accusing each other of violation of this same agreement.
The Armenian Minister of Defense accused Azerbaijani troups of having launched at attack torwards Karakhanbeyli. The Azerbaijani people reply that Armenians are bombing the districts of Terter and Agdam.
So, it does not seem this respite will last longer.