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Armenia's Pashinyan appeals to Putin for military assistance in connection with threat from Azerbaijan

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Pashinyan, his request to Russia for help was related to "the incomplete fulfillment by the Azerbaijani armed forces of the agreement on the need to leave the country."
16:35, 15 May 2021

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In view of the presence of Azerbaijani soldiers on the territory of Armenia, the acting Prime Minister of the country Nikol Pashinyan appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for military assistance. Pashinyan said this on May 14, Deutsche welle reports.

According to Pashinyan, his request to Russia for help was related to "the incomplete fulfillment by the Azerbaijani armed forces of the agreement on the need to leave the territory of the country." The appeal to Putin was made in accordance with the 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance and the Treaty on the Armenian-Russian Group of Forces.

Pashinyan also informed that French President Emmanuel Macron is ready to help resolve the situation. In particular, the French leader is considering the possibility of including the issue on the agenda of the UN Security Council. In addition, on the basis of a UN mandate, if necessary, France is also ready to provide military assistance to international efforts to resolve the issue.

On Wednesday, the situation on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated again. The Armenian Defense Ministry reported that the Azerbaijani armed forces tried to carry out "certain work" in one of the border regions and penetrated 3.5 kilometers deep into the territory of Armenia.

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Pashinyan convened an emergency meeting of the Republic's Security Council. He called the actions of the Azerbaijani side an encroachment on the territory of Armenia.

On April 13, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said that the Karabakh conflict is over and settled. He also stressed that Azerbaijan has no territorial claims against Armenia.

As you know, the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh began on September 27, when the Azerbaijani side fired at settlements, as well as military units in Karabakh. The Armenian government has declared martial law in the country.

On November 9, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. As a guarantee, about 1960 Russian peacekeepers with armored vehicles should be brought into the region for at least 5 years.

Soon, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia announced the offensive of Azerbaijani troops in the region of Old Tagar and Khtsarberd (south of Karabakh). And already on December 12, Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

At the end of March, the Armenian parliament canceled the martial law, which was introduced in the country due to the hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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