By Sabina Mammadli
Baku has dismissed Armenian media allegations about the alleged
shooting by units of the Azerbaijani army in the direction of the
state border, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense said.
'Military units of the Azerbaijani Army didn't open fire in the
indicated direction. This is another provocation of the opposite
side,' the statement said.
About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five
years in Karabakh under the trilateral cease-fire deal signed by
Baku, Moscow, and Yerevan on November 10, 2020. The signed
agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the
Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.
The trilateral ceasefire deal signed by the Azerbaijani, Russian
and Armenian leaders on November 10, 2020, ended the three-decade
conflict over Azerbaijan's Karabakh region, which along with the
seven adjacent regions came under the occupation of the Armenian
armed forces in the war in the early 1990s.
The deal also stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Kalbajar,
Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the peace deal,
Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and
historic Shusha city that had been under Armenian occupation for
about 30 years.
On January 11, 2021, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian
leaders signed the second statement since the end of the 44-day
war. The newly-signed statement was set to implement clause 9 of
the November 2020 statement related to the unblocking of all
economic and transport communications in the region.
On November 26, 2021, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian
leaders signed a statement and agreed on a number of issues,
including the demarcation and delimitation of the
Azerbaijani-Armenian border by late 2021, some points related to
humanitarian issues and the issue of unblocking of transport
corridors which applies to the railway and to automobile
On December 14, 2021, during the Brussels meeting, organized
between Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders at the initiative of
European Council President Charles Michel, the sides reaffirmed
their commitment to the conditions agreed in the Sochi meeting.
To recap, on May 22, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev,
European Council President Charles Michel, and Armenian Prime
Minister Nikol Pashinyan met in Brussels. After the meeting, Michel
said that Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on a number of key issues,
including the creation of border delimitation commissions, of which
the first meeting was held on May 24.
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