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    On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that those trying to slow down the implementation of the trilateral agreement between Moscow, Yerevan and Baku on Nagorno-Karabakh must understand that the alternative to this deal is war.

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who has arrived in Armenia, is holding a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the PM's press secretary, Mane Gevorgyan, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    Later in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is also expected to pay a visit to Armenia.

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu

    Two weeks ago, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire agreement, brokered by Russia, following renewed tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that lasted six weeks. As a result of the ceasefire, the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), supported by Armenia, lost most of the territory under its control.

    Russian peacekeepers have now arrived to the region to oversee the ceasefire and inspect the Lachin corridor which links the Nagorno-Karabakh region with Armenia, to prevent the transportation of weapons or explosives. Russian military police are also patrolling the city of Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed republic. 

    Overall, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers are expected to be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian-majority region which proclaimed independence from Baku in 1991 but is still internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, for at least 5 years.

    Since the first war in the late 1980s and early 1990s, ethnic Armenians had held military control over all of Nagorno-Karabakh and substantial swathes of Azerbaijani territory surrounding it, but following the recent flare-up they have lost most of the land.

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    • 23:23

      France Sending Two Batches of Aid to Nagorno-Karabakh Residents, Embassy Says

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - France is sending two planes with humanitarian aid for internally displaced people in Nagorno-Karabakh, the French Embassy in Armenia has announced.

      "Today, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron visited the premises of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund's French branch to support the ‘Phonethon,’ a fundraiser intended to finance aid to the displaced populations of Nagorno-Karabakh. On this occasion, he announced the arrival this Sunday in Yerevan of the first plane carrying humanitarian aid from the French government," the embassy said in a Facebook statement.

      According to the French embassy in Yerevan, a second plane with French humanitarian aid will arrive in the Armenian capital on November 27.

    • 21:37

      Nagorno-Karabakh Residents to Get Aid From Armenian Government, Cabinet States

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The Armenian government says it will allocate around $600 to residents of Nagorno-Karabakh settlements that are now under the control of Azerbaijan.

      "Citizens registered in settlements that came under the control of Azerbaijan will receive a one-time aid transfer of 300 thousand [Armenian] drams (about 600 dollars)," the Cabinet of Armenia said in a statement on its Telegram account.

      In order to be eligible to receive the funds, people should have lived in the above mentioned areas for at least three months prior to September 27, the government specified.

      "The program will be implemented using funds passed to the Armenian government from the Hayastan [All Armenian] Fund," the cabinet statement says.

    • 16:13

      Over 1,100 Refugees Returned to Stepanakert Over Past Day

       Russian peacekeepers escorted another column of buses that took refugees to Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and the total number of people who returned to the city increased by more than 1,100 over the past day, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

      "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 military personnel. More than 1,100 people returned to their homes over the past day ... Since November 14, more than 7,000 residents who had previously left their homes have returned to Stepanakert," the ministry said in a statement.

    • 14:32

      Azerbaijan Sees Russia, Turkey as Friendly Countries – Aliyev

      Azerbaijan considers both Turkey and Russia as its friends and welcomes their role in monitoring the implementation of ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said on Saturday at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

      "The fact that both Russia and Turkey are two friendly countries for us – our two neighbors will participate in measures to observe the ceasefire and to exercise control over it – also speaks volumes of the strengthening of the format of interaction between our two neighboring countries, and also within the framework of regional cooperation," Aliyev said.

    • 14:10

      Russia, Azerbaijan Confirm That There's No Alternative to Karabakh Ceasefire Agreement, Lavrov Says

      The Russian foreign minister reiterated that any attempts to undermine the Karabakh ceasefire deal are doomed to fail.

    • 14:06

      Russian FM Lavrov Addresses Press After Talks in Baku

    • 13:39

      Opposition Rallies in Armenia's Yerevan Demanding Resignation of Prime Minister Over Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Deal

      The Armenian opposition held another rally in Yerevan on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

      The rally started earlier in the day and was attended, among others, by members of the Dashnaktsutyun party, including Gegham Manukyan, who accused Pashinyan of police brutality and repressions. Manukyan said the date of the next rally would be announced later.

      Meanwhile, former Chief of Armenia's National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan refuted statements by the government that hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh may resume in case of the prime minister's resignation.

      "I officially declare that we are not going to resume the war. We say that a defeated leader cannot represent the interests of Armenians, cannot put forward a single pro-Armenian position, cannot find normal solutions. We do not want a war, we did not want it from the very beginning. It was provoked by Nikol Pashinyan as a result of his incompetent foreign policy," Vanetsyan said during the protest.

    • 13:35

      Aliyev Tells Shoigu That Trilateral Agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh Puts End to Many Years of Confrontation

      The Azerbaijani president has welcomed the deployment of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, describing Russia along with Turkey as "friendly" countries for Baku. He further stated that Azerbaijan views the creation of a joint Russian-Turkish centre to monitor the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire as an important element of regional security.

      According to Ilham Aliyev, the normalisation of relation between Armenia and Azerbaijan will create a new situation in the region and boost regional security.

    • 13:34

      Azerbaijani President Claims There's Photo, Video Evidence Confirming Deployment of 'Mercenaries' From France, US by Armenia

    • 12:13

      Russia's Shoigu Discusses Implementation of Statement on Karabakh With Azerbaijani President, Defence Minister

      Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday held a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his counterpart Zakir Hasanov to discuss the implementation of a joint declaration on Nagorno-Karabakh.

      "Dear President, I am grateful to you for taking the time to meet with us to discuss urgent and pressing issues. Time flies quickly after the adoption of the statement by the heads of state of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan [on Karabakh]", Shoigu said.

      The Russian minister added that the ceasefire regime in Nagorno-Karabakh was observed, and expressed confidence that this would continue.

      "I believe that not much time has passed since the historic statement, but the peacekeeping forces have already been deployed to the positions that were determined, to 23 posts. The main highways have been taken under control to ensure security on the line of contact. The return of refugees has begun. All the work that has been done to date is naturally yielding results. During this time, the ceasefire has been observed, and I am confident that it will continue to be so," Shoigu said.

       

    • 11:52

      Russian, Armenian Foreign Ministers Meet in Yerevan

    • 11:42

      Azerbaijani President Aliyev to Shoigu: Successful Implementation of Karabakh Settlement Indicates Readiness of Baku, Yerevan to End Conflict

      During his meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Azerbaijani president highly appreciated the progress in the implementation of the trilateral statement on Karabakh and Russia's efforts to stabilise the situation, including the actions of Russian peacekeepers in the region.

      "In our opinion, the provisions of the statement are being successfully implemented, and this once again demonstrates the readiness of both the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides to put an end to the long-term conflict and come to a political settlement".

    • 11:30

      Russian Peacekeepers Start Providing Humanitarian Aid to Nagorno-Karabakh Population

      The Russian peacekeeping mission has started providing humanitarian assistance to the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, delivering water to three settlements of the Askeran region, where the wells dried out, Major Dmitry Pashkin, an officer of the mission's food department, told reporters on Saturday.

      "The peacekeeping force is designed not only to contain the conflicting parties but also to provide assistance to the local population. Our command received an appeal from the administration of the Askeran region regarding the lack of clean drinking water. That is why we are here, we came to help. This is not a one-time event, we will systematically help local people in supplying clean drinking water," Pashkin said.

      Russian peacekeepers have been deployed to Karabakh in accordance with a joint statement signed by the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to put an end to the six-week hostilities in the region. The peace deal also envisioned a ceasefire, prisoner swap and exchange of bodies of soldiers killed during the flare-up.

    • 11:29

      Russian, Armenian Defence Ministries Sign Documents Regulating Peacekeeping Activities in Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 11:16

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

      Opposition-led protests against the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire deal in Yerevan

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

      The Armenian opposition-led rally against the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire deal takes place as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived in Yerevan to discuss the agreement with the Armenian leadership.
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    • 10:34

      Attempts to Subject Karabakh Agreement to Revision Are Unacceptable, Lavrov Says

      The Russian foreign minister has emphasised that both Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Armen Sarkissian are fully committed to the implementation of the Moscow-brokered agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh. Lavrov stressed that all parties have agreed that the deal, which was clinched between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia on 9 November, has no alternatives.

      Lavrov added that the Russian side expects that UNESCO would take more efforts to protect the heritage site in Nagorno-Karabakh to promote peace in the region.

      "We expect that UNESCO will take more efforts here than it used to, concerning the numerous pledges to provide protection to the heritage sites in Syria, particularly in Aleppo and Palmyra, where, frankly speaking, our friends from UNESCO did not prove to be active".

    • 10:33

      Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Holds Press Conference in Yerevan, Armenia

    • 10:08

      Russian Doctors Ready to Provide Assistance to Victims of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Health Minister Says

    • 09:50

      Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Meets Armenian President Sarkissian

    • 09:38

      Russian Defence Minister Arrives in Baku, Azerbaijan, Says Sputnik Correspondent

      Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has arrived in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku hours after heading a delegation to Yerevan, Sputnik has learned.

      Shoigu is expected to meet Azerbaijani political and military leadership and coordinate the deployment of Azeri armed forces in the territories recently seized from the control of the unrecognised Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    • 09:13

      Some 7,000 Refugees Have Already Returned to Nagorno-Karabakh, Shoigu Says

    • 09:12

      Shoigu: Russia Consuders Maintaining Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh as One of Its Priorities

    • 09:11

      Russian Delegation in Armenia Will Discuss Creation of Humanitarian Response Centre on Karabakh, Lavrov Says

    • 08:42

      Russia's Minister of Emergency Situations Arrives in Armenia to Discuss Humanitarian Efforts in Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 07:12

      Russian Defence Minister Shoigu to Armenian PM Pashinyan: Our Task is to Prevent Bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh

      According to the Russian defence minister, 23 posts have been set up in Nagorno-Karabakh, and Russian peacekeepers now control the road to Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed republic. During his meeting with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Shoigu has emphasised that following the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the region, peaceful life has returned.

      "We have arrived with specific tasks. You know that after the signed trilateral statement, we deployed a peacekeeping contingent. During these days, we covered almost all the territory of Karabakh. Twenty-three posts were set up. We control the road to Stepanakert. We ensure the return of refugees. Now, peaceful life has been established. And from our side, the main task is to prevent bloodshed. This is the task that our Commander-in-Chief [Vladimir Putin] has set for us", Shoigu said.

    • 07:09

      PM Pashinyan Hopes Armenian-Russian Defence Ties Will Strengthen

      During a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan expressed hope of strengthening defence ties with Moscow and Russia’s military-industrial complex.

      "We hope that during this period we will be able to deepen our cooperation with the Russian Federation not only in the security field but also in the field of military-technical cooperation", Pashinyan said.

      He went on to thank Russian authorities for all the support throughout the recent Nagorno-Karabakh war.

      "I would like to note that during the war, we always felt the support of Russia, the President of Russia, the Prime Minister and your personal support. I want to thank you for that," Pashinyan told Shoigu.

    • 07:09

      Turkish Military Will Soon Leave for Azerbaijan as Ground Forces Are Completing Training, Defence Ministry Says

      Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on Saturday said that a contingent of Turkish ground forces will be sent to Azerbaijan shortly.

      "In the near future, our soldiers will go to Azerbaijan to fulfill their duty. The ground forces have completed their training,", Akar said, according to the Anadolu Agency.

      Earlier this week, the Turkish parliament approved a decree of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sending of Turkish military to Azerbaijan.

      Erdogan said on November 11 that Ankara and Moscow had signed a memorandum on a Karabakh ceasefire control center, which will take part in a "joint peacekeeping mission". Prior to this, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow and Ankara would work on the Nagorno-Karabakh peace through the monitoring centre on the territory of Azerbaijan, but "there were no talks of joint peacekeeping forces".

    • 07:02

      Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Arrives in Yerevan, Armenia

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