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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Armenia, Azerbaijan Sign Peace Deal with Russia to End Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Armenia and Azerbaijan have signed a peace deal arranged by Russia to end the armed conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have signed a peace deal arranged by Russia to end the armed conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Under the agreement, Armenian forces will withdraw from several areas in the disputed region for the next few weeks, including the districts of Agdam and Lachin. 

Azerbaijani forces will continue to hold onto the areas it had taken during the conflict.

The agreement would also include an exchange of war prisons and an establishment of transport contacts, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin also announced in a televised address that 1,960 Russian peacekeeping forces will be deployed to patrol the frontlines, including the Lachin Corridor that connects Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

The agreement came hours after Azerbaijan captured the strategic town of Shusha in the region.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the deal “unbelievably painful for me and our people.”

Pashinyan announced on Facebook that he signed the agreement based on a “deep analysis of the military situation and appreciation of the people who have the best possession of the situation.”

“It’s not a victory, but there’s no defeat until you know yourself,” Pashinyan further stated.

Nagorno-Karabakh Leader Arayik Harutyunyan said that he agreed to the deal “to end the war immediately” after discussing with Pashinyan.

After the announcement, a large crowd gathered at the main square of the Armenian capital Yerevan to protest against the agreement and stormed into the parliament and government buildings. They shouted, “We will not give up.”

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