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    On 9 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a declaration on a ceasefire in Karabakh had been signed with the heads of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Under the new deal, the warring parties are to stop at their current positions and exchange prisoners, with Russian peacekeepers to be deployed in the crisis-torn region.

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has admitted his responsibility for the events in Karabakh, noting that a dialogue between the people, the military, and the government is needed for a full understanding of the situation.

    "I am the top official who bears responsibility for what happened. There can be no discrepancy on this. I understand that I should face the trial of our people. However, in this case the judge — the people — should be aware of all the circumstances, we need dialogue with the military, the opposition, and the government", Pashinyan said at an online press conference.

    The Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations crossed the point of no return in May 2018 when the "territories in exchange for nothing" formula was discussed, the prime minister recalled.

    "We tried to change this logic. I tried to boost our resistance but we failed to do it", Pashinyan added, stressing the need to address Karabakh's status and humanitarian issues.

    The ceasefire agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh inflamed opposition rallies in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, with protesters demanding Pashinyan's resignation. 

    Pashinyan, however, has stated that he doesn't plan to resign following failures in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    On Sunday, he wrote on Facebook that he was waiting for military servicemen - who had fought on the front line of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - in Yerevan, to resolve the issue of those "whining under the walls".

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    • 03:27

      Opposition Activist Konstantin Ter-Nakalyan Attacked in Armenia, Head of ‘Path of Law’ NGO Says

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Founder of Armenia’s opposition "Adekvad" initiative Konstantin Ter-Nakalyan has been attacked, Ruben Melikyan, Armenia’s former deputy minister of justice and co-founder of the "Path of Law" NGO said.

      "Two unknown individuals provoked a dispute on the street on the topic of the Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh] War, supporting the stance of [Armenian Prime Minister] Nikol Pashinyan, and then hit Konstantin with a cold weapon in the face, injuring his lip, as well as on the leg," Melikyan wrote on Facebook.

    • 02:45

      Armenian President Says Participants in Political Consultations Want Pashinyan to Leave

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenian President Armen Sarkissian says most of the participants of the political consultations he has held following the signing of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace agreement by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agree that the latter should resign.

      "The vast majority of the participants in the meetings were unanimous in the opinion that the resignation or termination of the powers of the Prime Minister and early parliamentary elections are necessary," Sarkissian said in an address, the text of which was published on the president’s website on Monday.

      According to Sarkissian, a national unity government should rule the country until early parliamentary elections are held.

    • 22:36

      US, France Recognize Russia’s Role in Karabakh Ceasefire - State Dept. Official

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States and France recognize Russia’s contribution to achieving a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, but seek clarity on the parameters of the deal, including Turkey’s role in it, a senior State Department official told reporters.

      "We are... recognizing the actions that Russia took which has led to a ceasefire that’s actually held now for about a week, but also acknowledging that there were still a lot of questions that needed clarity from the Russians as to the parameters of that agreement, and that included the role of the Turks," the diplomat said Monday.

      He was briefing a traveling pool after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Paris and held there on Monday talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

    • 19:50

      Armenian President Dismisses Police Forces' Commander

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenian President Armen Sarkissian dismissed the commander of the country's police troops, Gurgen Dallakyan, the Armenian leader's office said on Monday.

      "To dismiss Gurgen Dallakyan from the post of commander of the police troops, deputy chief of the police," Sargsyan's decree says.

      By another decree, Hayk Babayan was appointed to this position, the statement says.

      The reasons for the personnel reshuffle were not specified.

    • 19:09

      Armenian President Calls on Gov't to Be Ready For Early Parliamentary Election

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenian President Armen Sarkissian announced the inevitability of early parliamentary elections in the country, but noted that a national unity government should rule the country until then.

      "Taking into account the current situation and the need for a worthy way out of it, listening to public demands, it becomes obvious: in order to save the country from upheavals, early elections to the National Assembly will be inevitable," the president's address reads.

    • 18:27

      Russian Defence Ministry Says 482 More Refugees Arrive in Stepanakert, Total Number of Returnees Tops 1,200

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Another 482 refugees arrived in Stepanakert, so that the number of residents, who had previously left their homes and then returned, exceeded 1,200, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

      "On 16 November, 2020, 482 refugees returned to Nagorno-Karabakh from the territory of the Republic of Armenia. A convoy of 19 buses followed the Yerevan-Stepanakert route, accompanied by patrols of the Russian peacekeeping contingent and military police, and arrived at the main square of Stepanakert," the statement says.

      The Interdepartmental Center for Humanitarian Response leads and controls ensuring the security of the return of refugees and the movement across the contact line. Since 14 November, more than 1,200 residents, who previously left their homes, returned to Stepanakert.

      "The safety of the movement of buses across the contact line for the return of civilians to their homes in Stepanakert was ensured by Russian servicemen," the ministry added.

    • 15:54

      Ex-Armenian National Security Service Chief Vanetsyan Goes Free After Court Rules Not to Arrest Him on Suspicion of Plotting to Assassinate PM Pashinyan

      On Sunday, a court in Yerevan ruled not to arrest Vanetsyan who had been previously accused of plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. 

    • 15:44

      Opposition Supporters Heading Towards Interior Ministry Building in Yerevan

    • 14:17

      Russian Humanitarian Rescuers Arrive in Nagorno-Karabakh's Capital of Stepanakert

      A special 30-member task force of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has arrived in Stepanakert, the capital city of in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, to provide humanitarian assistance to the local population, the ministry told Sputnik on Monday.

      "At the moment, the task force is conducting a reconnaissance of the area in order to deploy a field camp, which will include a mobile communications center designed to ensure coordination of Russian Emergencies Ministry units in the implementation of the humanitarian mission," the ministry said.

      The task force includes representatives of the ministry's central apparatus, rescuers of the Lider special risk rescue operations center, signalmen and other experts. They brought the necessary equipment and a field hospital.

      Another reserve group of 150 specialists and an aeromobile hospital have been put on standby in case additional reinforcements are required.

      Last week, the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia adopted a joint statement on the cessation of armed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh starting November 10. Under the statement, a number of regions went under Azerbaijan's control, the sides agreed to exchange prisoners and bodies of killed soldiers and Russian peacekeepers have been deployed along Nagorno-Karabakh contact line, as well as in the Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh to Armenia.

    • 13:12

      Protests Continue in Yerevan Against Karabakh Ceasefire Deal

      Protesters wave an Armenian national flag during a protest against an agreement to halt fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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

      On Saturday, Armenia's National Security Service announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan by his political opponents who were preparing to "usurp the power" amid ongoing tensions over the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire deal, which requires Yerevan to hand over Armenian-populated territories to Azerbaijan.
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    • 12:37

      Putin, Macron Confirm Readiness to Coordinate Work on Karabakh Within OSCE Framework, Kremlin Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, held a thorough phone conversation on the developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, confirming readiness to coordinate effort of the co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)'s Minsk Group, the Kremlin said on Monday.

      "Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation with French Republic President Emmanuel Macron. Taking into consideration Russia's and France's co-presidency of the OSCE Minsk Group, they thoroughly discussed the developments around Nagorno-Karabakh," the Kremlin said in statement.

      Putin briefed the French leader on Russia's active mediation, which made it possible to "stop the bloodshed and prevent new victims," the Kremlin added, specifying that the Russian president focused on peacekeepers' deployment and praised the continuing regional stabilization.

      Putin and Macron reaffirmed commitment to coordinate the effort of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the United States), the Kremlin went on to say. According to the statement, the leaders pointed to the need to urgently address such humanitarian issues as creating proper conditions for the population, restoring infrastructure and preserving churches.

      The presidents also discussed the bilateral cooperation, including against the terror threat, the Kremlin concluded.

    • 12:00

      Russian MoD Says 725 Karabakh Residents Have Returned Home Since 14 November After Leaving Combat Operations

      Since November 14, 725 people have returned to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh after being forced to leave due to the ongoing clashes, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said on Monday.

      "On November 15, 475 refugees returned to Nagorno-Karabakh from the territory of the Republic of Armenia, being accompanied by Russia's peacekeeping forces and military police. In total, since November 14, 2020, 725 people, who previously left Nagorno-Karabakh, due to the fighting, have returned to the places of their residence," Konashenkov said at a briefing.

      The ceasefire is implemented along the contact line, and the bodies exchange, coordinated by Russian peacekeepers and the International Committee of the Red Cross, continues, Konashenkov added.

    • 12:00

      Pashinyan Announces Decision to Fire Armenian Foreign Minister Over Differences on Shusha

      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on Monday he had decided to fire Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

      "I have made a decision to fire the foreign minister. Shusha was on the agenda as a precondition for ending the war, this is an indisputable fact ... If there was such a good option, then why did this issue remain unsolved for the past 30 years and the past 2.5 years in particular?" Pashinyan told lawmakers from the ruling faction.

      Earlier in the day, the Armenian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Anna Nagdalyan, refuted Pashinyan's statement, stressing that the possibility to give up Shusha was not discussed at any stage of the Karabakh crisis settlement negotiations. Pashinyan had said that Armenia had a plan to transfer some territories, including Shusha, to Azerbaijan back in 2016.

      Nagdalyan released on Facebook Mnatsakanyan's resignation letter.

    • 10:35

      Nagorno-Karabakh Residents Feel 'Relieved' at Seeing Russian Peacekeepers Arrive

      Russian peacekeepers deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region

      Nagorno-Karabakh Residents Feel 'Relieved' at Seeing Russian Peacekeepers Arrive

      The Russian peacekeeper contingent was deployed to the disputed region after Moscow, Yerevan, and Baku signed a joint statement marking the end of hostilities that had flared up at the end of September.
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    • 10:12

      Armenian Opposition Party Says Can Meet Pashinyan Only to Discuss Resignation

      Opposition party Prosperous Armenia said Monday that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had invited parliament factions to meet, but they would agree only to discuss his resignation.

      "Pashinyan has declined all our public calls and proposals for meetings. Prosperous Armenia has this to say: a meeting with Pashinyan can only take place if it is to discuss his resignation without any unrest," the party said on Facebook.

    • 10:03

      Kremlin Sees Erdogan's Order to Deploy Troops to Azerbaijan as Turkey's Domestic Affair

      Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov qualified on Monday Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdogan's motion to deploy troops to Azerbaijan as an internal procedure allowed by the Turkish legislature.

      "There will be a [Russian-Turkish] monitoring center on Azerbaijan's territory, so, Turkish servicemen have to be deployed there. This is done to implement domestic procedures envisioned by the legislation of the Republic of Turkey. This is Turkey's domestic affair," Peskov told reporters.

      "As for the agreements to create a joint monitoring center on the Azerbaijani territory, this is a result of the Russian-Turkish bilateral arrangement," the Kremlin spokesman added.

    • 09:10

      Armenian PM Calls on His Fellow Countrymen to Show Restraint

    • 08:59

      Tehran Hopes That Mercenaries Who Took Part in Karabakh Conflict Will Leave the Region

    • 08:58

      Supply of Water, Electricity Restored in Stepanakert - Russian Defense Ministry

      Russian peacekeepers are setting straight social infrastructure in Nagorno-Karabakh, the supply of water and electricity to houses and social facilities in Stepanakert has been restored, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

      "Peacekeeping units of the Russian armed forces are assisting the restoration of road traffic and social infrastructure in Nagorno-Karabakh," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

      Russian peacekeepers currently focus on engineering reconnaissance and mine clearance, and removing damaged equipment from roads, the ministry added.

      "Road traffic management, and supply of electricity and water to civilian infrastructure and residential buildings have been restored in Stepanakert," the Russian Defense Ministry went on to say.

    • 08:55

      Artsakh Defence Army Will Continue to Exist, Armenian PM Says

    • 08:51

      Turkish Presidency Reportedly Submits Motion on Sending Troops to Azerbaijan

      Turkish military convoy drives in Idlib province, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

      Turkish Presidency Reportedly Submits Motion on Sending Troops to Azerbaijan

      Last week, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar concluded a memorandum on creating a joint centre to control the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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    • 08:51

      Hundreds of Armenian Servicemen Missing After Nagorno-Karabakh War, PM Pashinyan Says

      Helmet on the side of the road in Nagorno-Karabakh

      Hundreds of Armenian Servicemen Missing After Nagorno-Karabakh War, PM Pashinyan Says

      Last week, the heads of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia signed a joint declaration that put an end to the six-week conflict in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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