Aggravation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
After the signing of a peace treaty between Azerbaijan and Armenia on Nagorno-Karabakh, there is a chance to achieve sustainable development of the region. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated this to URA.RU.
“[Подписание мирного договора] we think, in any case, it will be in the interests of both the people of Azerbaijan and the people of Armenia, including, of course, the Armenians who live and will live in Karabakh. If we add to this efforts to develop cooperation in the field of transport logistics, etc., which was discussed in the trilateral documents [подписанных Россией, Азербайджаном и Арменией], we will already reach the dynamics of fairly sustainable development of the region. But this is in the future,” Peskov said.
At the moment, according to a Kremlin representative, it is unlikely that anyone will undertake to set a time frame for signing a peace treaty. “Considering that the main issue of belonging to Karabakh as such has been resolved (it was resolved and settled by the decision of Armenia to recognize the belonging of Karabakh [к Азербайджану]), we can say that significant advances [в мирном процессе] secured. Of course, there are many technical issues remaining before work on this agreement is finalized. But all the prerequisites for this exist, and if there is good will, it will be possible to reach the finish line,” said Dmitry Peskov.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 19. Azerbaijan announced an anti-terrorist operation. Russian peacekeepers evacuated a large number of residents of Karabakh to their area of responsibility. On the eve of September 20, it became known that several peacekeepers had died. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev offered condolences and apologies to Russian President Vladimir Putin and assured of an investigation into this tragedy.