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Armenia should comply with Karabakh ceasefire agreements despite the political crisis, says Moscow’s Kremlin

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MOSCOW, 26 February, 2021 (TON): On Friday the Kremlin stated, Armenia should comply with agreements reached with Azerbaijan after last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, despite the political upheaval in Armenia, with the army on Thursday demanding Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan quit.

War erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, leaving roughly thirty thousand casualties and hundreds of thousands of refugees. By 1993, Armenia controlled Nagorno-Karabakh and occupied 20 percent of the surrounding Azerbaijani territory. In 1994, Russia brokered a cease-fire which has remained in place since.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been a frozen conflict for more than a decade involving artillery shelling and minor skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops that have caused hundreds of deaths.

Many protests and calls have been carried away calling Pashinyan to resign after what his critics say was the disastrous handling of a six-week conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year.

However, thousands rallied behind Pashinyan after the army’s written demand plunged the impoverished country into a new political crisis in what the PM said was an attempted coup.

 

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