Karabakh: Armenian PM attacks Russian military again

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Karabakh : Armenia’s prime minister takes on Russian military again

Russian soldiers deployed in the Lachin corridor

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday again attacked Russian peacekeepers deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, accusing them of being “silent witnesses” to the aggression in this disputed region.

The behavior of Russian peacekeepers is unacceptable to us, they have become silent witnesses to Azerbaijani attempts to drive out Armenians from Nagorny-Karabakh , Mr. Pashinian charged, at an Armenian government meeting.

Yerevan accuses Azerbaijani militants of blocking since mid-December a vital route – the Lachin Corridor – that connects Armenia to territories controlled by Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region that seceded from the country. Azerbaijan in the early 1990s and where residents say they now fear a humanitarian crisis.

This blockade, implemented by a few dozen people posing as environmental activists, takes place despite the presence of a Russian peacekeeping force deployed after a ceasefire agreement which had put an end to a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2020.

Armenia and Nagorny-Karabakh are waiting for Russia to say what its roadmap is to unblock the Lachin corridor, Pashinian said on Thursday.

According to him, in the current situation, Russia should either seek a UN Security Council mandate for its military or request the deployment of an additional multinational peacekeeping contingent to the region.

Russian diplomatic spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday dismissed unacceptable criticism.

Russian peacekeepers are doing everything possible to improve the situation on the ground, she assured a meeting of information.

Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed in the early 1990s, during the breakup of the USSR, to control Nagorny-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority enclave that seceded from Azerbaijan.

This first conflict, which claimed 30,000 lives, ended in an Armenian victory. But Azerbaijan got its revenge in a second war that claimed the lives of 6,500 people in the fall of 2020 and allowed Baku to retake many territories.

Russia sees the Caucasus as its backyard, but is caught up in its offensive against Ukraine.

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