‘Extremely concerned about deteriorating situation’, Russia says it brokered ceasefire with Armenia and Azerbaijan

Russia has announced that it has negotiated a ceasefire, in effect since Tuesday morning according to Moscow, to put an end to the deadly clashes which opposed Azerbaijan to Armenia overnight.

“We hope that the agreement reached following Russian mediation on a ceasefire from 9 a.m. Moscow time (0600 GMT) will be respected in full,” the diplomacy said in a statement. Russian, saying she was “extremely concerned about the sharp deterioration in the situation”.

“We call on the parties to refrain from any further escalation, to exercise restraint,” urged the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

At least 49 Armenian soldiers were killed in itborder clashesbetween Armenia and Azerbaijan tonight with Azerbaijan which erupted overnight, the deadliest since a war between the two Caucasian countries in 2020, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on Tuesday morning.

Azerbaijan for its part conceded “losses” during these clashes which broke out overnight, without specifying the exact number at this stage.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has asked Baku and Yerevan to “strictly respect the ceasefire (already in place since 2020, editor’s note) in accordance with the tripartite declarations of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of November 9, 2020”, following a month and a half of war.

Russian diplomacy, “in close contact” with the leaders of these two rival ex-Soviet republics in the Caucasus, also confirmed having “received a call from the Armenian leaders with a request for help in resolving the situation”.

“All contentious issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be resolved exclusively through political and diplomatic means,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in the statement.

In the fall of 2020, after a 44-day war, Moscow brokered a ceasefire between Yerevan and Baku, deploying peacekeepers to Nagorny Karabakh. But the situation has since remained unstable, despite an attempt at mediation by the European Union.

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