Thu, 17 Jun 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met in Yerevan with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian on November 21 to discuss the implementation of a Russian-brokered truce in the war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Pashinian's office quoted the Armenian prime minister as saying during the meeting that Armenians had "always felt support of Russia" during the war -- including the personal "support" of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.

Shoigu told Pashinian that Russian peacekeepers deployed to monitor the truce have "covered almost the entire territory" of Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh since the truce was signed on November 10.

"A total of 23 [security] posts have been deployed," Shoigu told Pashinian. "We're monitoring the road to Stepanakert," the mostly ethnic-Armenian populated main city of Nagorno-Karabakh that is known in the Azeri language as Xankandi.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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