Armenia’s appearing prime minister has proposed stationing Russian border guards alongside the nation’s border with Azerbaijan as tensions between the 2 ex-Soviet nations proceed to simmer
YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s appearing prime minister proposed stationing Russian border guards alongside the nation’s border with Azerbaijan, as tensions between the 2 ex-Soviet nations proceed to simmer Thursday.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan floated the concept a day after three Armenian troops had been killed in cross-border hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which for many years have been locked in a battle over Nagorno-Karabakh. The 2 nations accused one another of beginning Wednesday’s preventing, which wounded troopers on each side.
Azerbaijan stated Armenian forces opened fireplace at its positions on the Kalbajar part of the border, and the Armenian army stated its personnel had been attacked by Azerbaijani forces.
Pashinyan stated Thursday that stationing Russian border guards alongside the border “would enable to hold out the demarcation and delimitation of the border with out the danger of army clashes.”
“We plan to debate the difficulty with our Russian companions,” the appearing prime minister advised a authorities assembly.
Tensions on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan have been simmering since Might, when Armenia protested what it described as an incursion by Azerbaijani troops into its territory. Azerbaijan has insisted that its troopers had been deployed to what it considers its territory in areas the place the border has but to be demarcated.
The conflict on Wednesday was the deadliest because the finish of a 6-week battle over Nagorno-Karabakh final fall. Russia brokered a November peace deal that ended the preventing that had killed greater than 6,000 folks. Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan however was underneath the management of ethnic Armenian separatists backed by Armenia since an earlier battle there led to 1994.
The Russia-brokered truce allowed Azerbaijan to reclaim management over massive elements of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. Moscow has additionally deployed almost 2,000 peacekeepers to the area.
Commenting Thursday on Pashinyan’s proposal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov harassed that Russia helped stop Wednesday’s border hostilities, however he was tight-lipped about whether or not Moscow would comply with ship border guards.
“Contacts with Yerevan proceed. I’ve nothing else so as to add,” Peskov stated throughout a convention name with reporters.
Related Press author Daria Litvinova contributed from Moscow.