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Azerbaijan: Aliyev holds talks with Russian Defence Minister Shoigu in Baku01:56

Azerbaijan: Aliyev holds talks with Russian Defence Minister Shoigu in Baku

Azerbaijan, Baku
November 21, 2020 at 15:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Azeri President Aliyev held negotiations with the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday in Baku.

Aliyev stated that both Azerbaijan and Armenia were ready for stronger diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"The provisions of the document are successfully put into effect and this one more time demonstrates the readiness of Azerbaijan and Armenia to put an end to the long-lasting conflict and to pave the way for a political friendship," Aliyev said.

Shoigu referred to the ceasefire agreement as "historic," and said the Russian peacekeepers dispatched to the region, where residents who had fled amid the fighting, had begun to return.

"Peacekeeping forces are on the defined positions, there are 23 posts installed, all major highways are under control to ensure security of the contact line, displaced persons are returning," Shoigu added.

Following weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end fighting over the 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 obtaining control of the territory taken in the most recent fighting, and Armenia relinquishing control of further areas held since the Nagorno-Karabakh War in the 1990s.

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Azeri President Aliyev held negotiations with the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Saturday in Baku.

Aliyev stated that both Azerbaijan and Armenia were ready for stronger diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"The provisions of the document are successfully put into effect and this one more time demonstrates the readiness of Azerbaijan and Armenia to put an end to the long-lasting conflict and to pave the way for a political friendship," Aliyev said.

Shoigu referred to the ceasefire agreement as "historic," and said the Russian peacekeepers dispatched to the region, where residents who had fled amid the fighting, had begun to return.

"Peacekeeping forces are on the defined positions, there are 23 posts installed, all major highways are under control to ensure security of the contact line, displaced persons are returning," Shoigu added.

Following weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end fighting over the 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 obtaining control of the territory taken in the most recent fighting, and Armenia relinquishing control of further areas held since the Nagorno-Karabakh War in the 1990s.

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