Prime Minister of Armenia: established a hotline with Azerbaijan after the conflict

The Prime Minister of Armenia stated that his country has reached an agreement with Azerbaijan to establish a hotline between the defense ministers of the two countries after a deadly conflict in the upper border.

Yerevan, Armenia-The Prime Minister of Armenia said on Tuesday that Armenia has reached an agreement with Azerbaijan to establish a hotline between the defense ministers of the two countries following a deadly conflict in the upper border.

Nikol Pashinyan stated at an online press conference that contacts between Armenian and Azerbaijani officials should be more frequent to “help stabilize the situation, find solutions and avoid crises as much as possible.”

Pashinyan said that in the conflict on November 16, 6 Armenian soldiers were killed by Azerbaijanis and another 32 were captured. This is the worst since the hostilities in 2020. Azerbaijan stated that seven of its soldiers died.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are caught in a decades-long dispute in the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region, which is located in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian-backed Armenian forces since the end of the separatist war in 1994. Down.

The Azerbaijani army defeated the Armenian army in 44 days of fierce fighting in the fall of 2020, and finally ended with a peace agreement mediated by Russia. Azerbaijan gained control of most of Nagorno-Karabakh and regained control of the Armenian army. All regions outside of separatist regions.

Russia has deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for at least five years to monitor the peace agreement.

The peace agreement was celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan, but was regarded as a betrayal by the Armenian opposition. Pashinyan believes that this is the only way to prevent the Armenian army from losing control of the entire Nagorno-Karabakh area.

The 2020 peace agreement envisages a transportation corridor through Armenia that connects Azerbaijan to its enclave Nakhchivan area-a plan that has been dissatisfied by the Armenian opposition, who also worry that the planned delimitation of the border will harm Armenia’s interests.

On Tuesday, about 2,000 opposition supporters rallied in Yerevan’s city centre, urging Pashinyan to make the demarcation agreement public before signing and reject the transport corridor plan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for talks in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Friday.

Pahinyan and Aliyev are also expected to hold EU-sponsored talks in Brussels on December 15.

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