Armenian President says he learned about Karabakh deal over news
Armenian President Armen Sarkisyan said he was not involved in the process of signing a peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan that ended the decadeslong Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.
Sarkisyan said he learned about the deal over the news and that he had not been consulted before Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian "painfully" agreed to sign the deal.
The Armenian president said the decision should have been made after a period of consultation and debate, as the issue is extremely important for the country, Daily Sabah reported.
On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1.