Putin assesses Russian peacekeepers' influence on Karabakh conflict

Putin assesses Russian peacekeepers' influence on Karabakh conflict

Russian President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the precise and well-coordinated work of the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh. He made this statement during a meeting on the Russian peacekeeping mission in the region.

"I would like to take this opportunity to note the clear, well-coordinated work of the Russian peacekeepers," Interfax cited Putin as saying.

Operational demining made it possible to establish reliable communications in the region, while the deployment of Russian peacekeeping forces - to stop the bloodshed and avoid new casualties, he stressed.

At present, "support and assistance to the residents of this region, which has been seriously affected by the hostilities, is becoming a priority," the Russian president said.

An interdepartmental humanitarian response center is being created to solve the problems in the region. "Taking into account the tasks ahead the center, its specialized divisions are now being formed," Putin concluded.

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. Later, Baku gave Yerevan postponement for troops withdrawal from Kelbajar until November 25.