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    Earlier this week, Yerevan and Baku agreed to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, putting an end to six weeks of hostilities over the Armenian-dominated region, which proclaimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991.

    On 9 November, the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The agreement resulted in the loss of some territories controlled by the Armenian-majority self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the region.

    The parties to the conflict have also agreed to exchange prisoners and the bodies of deceased soldiers.

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has described the agreement as a very hard decision to make, which nonetheless did not appease his domestic critics, as the move has led to protests in Yerevan, with the opposition demanding his resignation. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, in turn, called the deal a "capitulation" of Armenia.

    The frozen conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region escalated into a full-scale war on 27 September, with both sides holding each other responsible for the renewed hostilities. 

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    • 20:11

      Pashinyan, Putin Note Need to Maintain Stability Across Contact Line in Karabakh During Phone Talks

      "The sides noted the importance of maintaining stability within the framework of the trilateral statement of November 9 on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and across the contact line. Pashinyan and Putin discussed issues related to the situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict", the Armenian cabinet said.

    • 19:44

      Aliyev Assured Putin That Azerbaijan Will Ensure Protection of Christian Churches in Karabakh, Christians Will Be Able to Visit Them

      "Ancient Muslim and Christian temples located in Azerbaijan are under state protection. President Ilham Aliyev said that in accordance with the trilateral statement, Christian churches located in the territories returned to Azerbaijan will be properly protected by the state. Christians living in Azerbaijan will be able to use these churches", the press release added.

    • 19:43

      Aliyev Assured Putin That Azerbaijan Is Multinational, Multiconfessional Country, Rights and Freedoms of All Religions Are Respected

    • 19:38

      Aliyev, Putin Say Satisfied With Calm Situation Across Contact Line in Karabakh - Baku

      "On 14 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. During the phone conversation, they discussed practical aspects of the implementation of the agreements recorded in the trilateral statement on Nagorno-Karabakh. The sides expressed their satisfaction with the observance of the ceasefire regime and calmness on the contact line", the presidential office said in a statement.

    • 18:28

      Armenian National Security Service Says Prevented Attempt to Kill PM Pashinyan

      Police at an opposition rally in Yerevan

      Armenian National Security Service Says Prevented Attempt to Kill Prime Minister Pashinyan

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenia's National Security Service (NSS) said on Saturday that it had thwarted an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan by his political opponents.
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    • 18:14

      Russian Peacekeepers Ensure Safe Movement of Buses Through Contact Line in Karabakh for Return of Civilians to Stepanakert

      About 250 residents of Karabakh's capital of Stepanakert have already returned to their homes as the first nine buses with refugees arrived in the city after the deployment of Russian peacekeepers, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

      "On November 14, 2020, some 250 residents of Stepanakert returned to their homes. The first nine buses with refugees have arrived in Stepanakert after the deployment of Russian peacekeepers and observation posts," the ministry said.

      Russian servicemen ensured the safe movement of buses across the contact line so that civilians can return to their homes in Stepanakert, the ministry added.

    • 17:54

      Russian Peacekeepers Organise an Observation Point Near Dadivank Monastery

    • 17:35

      President Putin Holds Phone Talks With Aliyev and Pashinyan

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan practical aspects of the implementation of agreements on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region during phone talks, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

      "During regular telephone talks of the Russian President Vladimir Putin with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, practical aspects of the implementation of the agreements recorded in the trilateral statement on Nagorno-Karabakh of November 9 were discussed. The sides expressed satisfaction with the fact that the ceasefire is being respected, and the situation on the contact line is quite calm," the Kremlin said.

      "During talks with Ilham Aliyev, Vladimir Putin, in particular, drew attention to the fact that Christian churches and monasteries are located in the regions that, in accordance with the trilateral declaration [on Karabakh], will return to the Republic of Azerbaijan. In this regard, he emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety and normal church life of these shrines," the Kremlin said.

      Aliyev, in turn, showed understanding in this regard and said that the Azerbaijani side would act accordingly, the Kremlin added.

    • 15:02

      People in Yerevan Light Candles in Memory of Those Who Died in Nagorno-Karabakh

      Participants did not chant any slogans but observed some moments of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Karabakh conflict.

    • 14:13

      People in Yerevan Keep on Protesting Against Karabakh Ceasefire Agreement

      Opposition rally participants in Yerevan

      Protests Against Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Deal Continue in Yerevan, Armenia

      On Friday, a massive protest took place in the centre of Armenia's capital Yerevan, with protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
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    • 14:12

      Former Head of Armenian National Security Service Detained

      People protest during a rally against the country's agreement to end fighting with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region outside the government headquarters in Yerevan on November 11, 2020.

      Ex-Head of Armenian National Security Service Held on Suspicion of Plotting to Kill PM Pashinyan

      Earlier this week, protests took place in Yerevan, with people demanding Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation after the ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan was signed, ending weeks of military confrontation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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    • 12:33

      Russia, Turkey Conclude 1st Round of Talks on Nagorno-Karabakh Monitoring Centre, Reports Say

      The first round of technical negotiations between Turkish and Russian military delegations over setting up a peace monitoring centre in Nagorno-Karabakh has concluded in Ankara, media reported Saturday.

      According to Turkish broadcaster NTV, another round of talks is set to begin in the coming days.

      Earlier this week, Moscow and Ankara signed a memorandum on the centre for monitoring a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The visit of the delegation from Russia was announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday.

      Cavusoglu also has said that Turkey will hold talks with Azerbaijan to decide on the location of the joint Russian-Turkish monitoring centre.

      The six-week conflict between Yerevan and Baku over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area ended after both sides agreed to the ceasefire on Tuesday, which resulted in the loss of most territories controlled by the Armenian-majority self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh. The deal envisions the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the region.

      Turkish officials, including Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, have said that Turkish troops will join the Russian peacekeeping mission, while Moscow said that Ankara’s role will be limited to the joint centre for monitoring which will be located on the territory of Azerbaijan.

    • 12:30

      Armenia, Azerbaijan Exchange Bodies of Conflict Victims Via Russia's Mediation, Baku Says

      Armenia and Azerbaijan have exchanged bodies of soldiers killed during the hostilities in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region through the mediation of Russian peacekeepers, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

      "Through the mediation and participation of the Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the bodies of several soldiers who died on the battlefield around the city of Shusha were recovered. As part of this humanitarian action, the bodies of the killed servicemen of the Armenian armed forces ... were handed over to the Armenian side. Also ... the bodies of six servicemen of the Azerbaijani army who died during the hostilities around the city of Shusha were received," the ministry said.

      The humanitarian action was held in accordance with a joint declaration signed by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on Tuesday to put an end to the six-week conflict in the disputed region. The peace deal also envisioned a ceasefire, prisoner swap and deployment of Russian peacekeepers.

    • 12:15

      Situation in Karabakh is Stabilising, Ceasefire is Observed, Russian Peacekeepers Chief Says

      Russian peacekeepers are deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh

      Russian Peacekeepers Chief Says Situation in Karabakh Stabilising With Ceasefire in Force

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Armenia and Azerbaijani adhere to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the situation in the war-torn region is stabilising, the commander of the recently-deployed Russian peacekeeping contingent, Rustam Muradov, said on Saturday.
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    • 11:09

      Armenian PM Discusses Situation in Karabakh With Foreign Minister, Defence Minister and Head of General Staff

    • 11:05

      President Putin Orders Posthumous Awards for Crew of Downed Mi-24 Helicopter

      Crew members of a Russian Mi-24 helicopter, which was recently downed in Armenia’s airspace by Azerbaijan, were awarded the Order of Courage by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin’s press office said on Saturday.

      On November 9, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the helicopter was downed in the Armenian airspace, at a distance from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Two crew members were killed, one was injured. Baku has admitted accidentally hitting the helicopter, apologized and offered compensation.

      "By his decree, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Courage to Senior Lieutenant Vladislav Sergeevich Gryazin, Major Yuri Viktorovich Ishchuk (posthumously), and Senior Lieutenant Roman Vasilyevich Fedin (posthumously) for demonstrating courage, bravery and selflessness when performing their military duties," the office said.

    • 10:26

      Armenian Health Ministry Updates Karabakh Death Toll: 2,317 Fatalities

    • 10:15

      Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Minister Meets With Russian Peacekeepers Chief

      Michael Arzumanyan, the defence minister of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh), on Saturday met with the commander of the recently-deployed Russian peacekeeping contingent, Rustam Muradov, the ministry's press office said.

      On Friday, the mission’s commander met with the president of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arayik Harutyunyan.

      "Arzumanyan and Muradov discussed the organization and implementation of the peacekeeping mission," the ministry said.

      The six-week conflict between Yerevan and Baku over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area seems to be drawing to a close after both sides agreed to a ceasefire earlier this week, which resulted in the loss of most territories controlled by the Armenian-majority self-proclaimed republic and the deployment of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers to the region. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has said that more than 1,100 peacekeepers had been already deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh.

      According to a Sputnik correspondent, there is no heavy military presence in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized republic, on Saturday, and the situation remains calm.

      Meanwhile, Eleonora Mitrofanova, the ambassador-at-large with the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Sputnik that it is possible to invite UNESCO-recommended experts to monitor the preservation of cultural objects in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, the diplomat said that involving UNESCO directly in the issue would be problematic as there were no World Heritage sites in the region.

      On Thursday, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu said that Baku would protect all historical, cultural and religious monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    • 09:31

      Russian Military Police Start Patrolling North, South Zones in Karabakh, Defence Ministry Says

      Units of the Russian military police on Saturday started patrolling the North and South areas of responsibility in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said at a briefing, adding that a ceasefire is observed along the line of contact.

      "From today, units of the Russian military police started patrolling in the North and South zones of responsibility," Konashenkov said, adding that the ceasefire is observed "along the entire line of contact."

      The spokesman also said that the Russian side is constantly communicating with Armenian and Azerbaijani general staffs to prevent possible incidents in the region.

      "To carry out peacekeeping tasks, prevent possible incidents and ensure the security of the Russian military personnel, continuous interaction with the general staffs of the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia is carried out through direct communication channels," Konashenkov said.

    • 09:17

      Eleven Buses Loaded With Residents of Nagorno-Karabakh Leave Yerevan For Stepanakert

    • 09:04

      To Prevent Possible Incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia Exercises Continuous Cooperation With the General Staff of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Russian MoD Says

    • 08:55

      New Cease Fire is Observed All Along the Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian MoD Says

    • 08:54

      Armenian Foreign Minister Discusses Humanitarian Crisis in Karabakh With UN Chief

      Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have discussed by telephone the process of deploying Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone amid the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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