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Russian Peacekeepers Deploy To Nagorno-Karabakh after ceasefire

WASHINGTON, 11 November, 2020, (TON): Russian peacekeeping troops were deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh, as part of a ceasefire deal that ended six weeks of escalation and heavy fighting within the region.

On Tuesday, Russian peacekeepers were sent as a "complete ceasefire” to Nagorno-Karabakh region, the site of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia due to border disputes and complaints that each country was violating policies.

According to the deal, Azerbaijan will be able to maintain control over territorial gains made during the conflict. Armenia’s defense ministry announced that since the peace deal, no fighting had occurred and stability had been restored in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russia will deploy peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region as a "complete ceasefire" starting Tuesday was reached by Azerbaijan and Armenia,

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and he signed a statement on Monday declaring a "complete cessation of fire and all hostilities" in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone from 00.00 Moscow time Tuesday (2100 GMT Monday).

Putin added that Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to stop at their positions they have held.

According to Russian Defense Ministry, Russian peacekeeping contingent is being deployed consisting of 1,960 military personnel, 90 armored personnel carriers, 380 vehicles and pieces of special equipment. At least 22 planes will be used to transport the peacekeepers, and 12 have already landed in Armenia, on their way to Nagorno-Karabakh.

In the meantime, Azerbaijan and Armenia will also exchange war prisoners, other detained persons and bodies of the dead, while all economic and transport links of the region will be unblocked, according to the Russian leader.

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey announced that Ankara will be involved in monitoring the cease-fire along with Moscow as part of a peacekeeping center, which will be set up to host both Russian and Turkish military.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in a dispute over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there have been many minor clashes.

The latest armed conflict broke out in the region in September, raised fears of a wider conflict. Russia has a defence pact with Armenia and a military base there, while Turkey supports Azerbaijan. New round of armed conflict caused heavy casualties and property losses.

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