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Russia: 'The only alternative is war' - Putin on Nagorno-Karabakh deal03:12

Russia: 'The only alternative is war' - Putin on Nagorno-Karabakh deal

Russian Federation, Novo-Ogarevo
November 20, 2020 at 22:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

War in Nagorno-Karabakh is the only alternative to the trilateral agreement between Moscow, Yerevan, and Baku, Russian President Vladimir Putin said while discussing the Russian peacekeeping mission with Russian officials in Novo-Ogaryovo via videoconference on Friday.

“I was surprised to hear what you have said about the tendency to slow down the implementation of the trilateral statement of the presidents of Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. People who are trying to do that must understand that the only alternative is war,” the Russian president explained.

The Russian leader praised the work of peacekeepers implementing the agreement, pointing out that the ceasefire had been maintained by both sides, and adding that “the situation has stabilised.”

Putin revealed that a Russian interdepartmental delegation will be sent to both Armenia and Azerbaijan to review issues regarding the implementation of the agreement.

The Russian leader stressed the importance of the settlement to Moscow, adding that it “has a domestic political dimension for us and is very important for our domestic security and politics.”

Putin also proposed to involve international humanitarian organisations, including UNESCO and the United Nations Children's Fund, in order to deal with the conflicts' results.

“I would like to emphasise the need to protect historical and religious landmarks, both in Azerbaijan and Armenia. This issue is of great moral and human importance. I believe UNESCO's involvement is much needed in this respect. We also hope for UNESCO’s aid to children and teenagers that are particularly defenceless when confronted with the horrors of armed conflicts,” Putin added.

Following weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to end fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region on November 9.

Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the disputed region to monitor the ceasefire.

The agreement also sees Azerbaijan maintaining control of the territory taken in the most recent fighting, with Armenia set to relinquish control of further areas held since the 1990s.

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War in Nagorno-Karabakh is the only alternative to the trilateral agreement between Moscow, Yerevan, and Baku, Russian President Vladimir Putin said while discussing the Russian peacekeeping mission with Russian officials in Novo-Ogaryovo via videoconference on Friday.

“I was surprised to hear what you have said about the tendency to slow down the implementation of the trilateral statement of the presidents of Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. People who are trying to do that must understand that the only alternative is war,” the Russian president explained.

The Russian leader praised the work of peacekeepers implementing the agreement, pointing out that the ceasefire had been maintained by both sides, and adding that “the situation has stabilised.”

Putin revealed that a Russian interdepartmental delegation will be sent to both Armenia and Azerbaijan to review issues regarding the implementation of the agreement.

The Russian leader stressed the importance of the settlement to Moscow, adding that it “has a domestic political dimension for us and is very important for our domestic security and politics.”

Putin also proposed to involve international humanitarian organisations, including UNESCO and the United Nations Children's Fund, in order to deal with the conflicts' results.

“I would like to emphasise the need to protect historical and religious landmarks, both in Azerbaijan and Armenia. This issue is of great moral and human importance. I believe UNESCO's involvement is much needed in this respect. We also hope for UNESCO’s aid to children and teenagers that are particularly defenceless when confronted with the horrors of armed conflicts,” Putin added.

Following weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to end fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region on November 9.

Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the disputed region to monitor the ceasefire.

The agreement also sees Azerbaijan maintaining control of the territory taken in the most recent fighting, with Armenia set to relinquish control of further areas held since the 1990s.

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