Representatives of the Russian peacekeeping contingent (RMK) in Nagorno-Karabakh reacted today, November 25, to the statement of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, which was outraged by the toponym “Magavuz” used in the information summary of the peacekeepers.
Earlier, units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces opened fire on the positions of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army in the direction of Magavuz. This incident was reported in the report of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The protest of the Azerbaijani side was both that the name “Chardagly” should be used instead of Maghavuz, and regarding the prevention of “provocative actions of Armenians”.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the RMK recalled that the Russian Armed Forces and the peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh, in the course of carrying out training and combat missions, use toponyms established by topographic maps of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces.
“The criticism from Baku regarding the name of the settlement Magavuz is surprising, since earlier and repeatedly, other non-Azerbaijani toponyms were used in the bulletins of the Russian Defense Ministry in the context of ensuring the escort of motorcades of Azerbaijani citizens through the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. However, this did not lead to statements of claims in the information space”, – noted in the RMK.
Moreover, when coordinating the route of movement of columns and organizing interaction with Russian peacekeepers, the Azerbaijani side also uses these toponyms.
In this regard, the Russian side recalls that the activities of the peacekeeping contingent are regulated by the tripartite statement of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020 and are aimed at monitoring compliance with the ceasefire regime. This activity has repeatedly received high praise for its effectiveness from Azerbaijani officials at various meetings.
“It would not be bad at all for the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan not to question the activities of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh on such insignificant occasions, and in close cooperation with it, including on the ground, to continue work to maintain peace in the region,” the statement says.
The RMK also noted that violations of the ceasefire regimes published in the official bulletins of the Russian Ministry of Defense are recorded by peacekeepers’ observation posts using objective control equipment that allows observation at any time of the day.
As reported EADailyofficial representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova commented on November 9 informational attacks on Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh by a number of Azerbaijani publications. The diplomat stressed then that Moscow “has a negative attitude towards any destructive campaign, whether in the media or purely political, and no matter what it concerns.”