Russia ready to help Armenian and Azerbaijani societies reconcile

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YEREVAN, January 15. /ARKA/. Russia will support all humanitarian projects that will help Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples reconcile if Baku and Yerevan demonstrate a sincere intention to move in this direction, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing on Friday.

“We would in every possible way welcome the establishment of a direct dialogue between the Azerbaijani and Armenian societies, as well as the holding of joint events in the humanitarian sphere by the two countries,” Zakharova said.

In her opinion, such initiatives contribute to the formation of an atmosphere of reconciliation, trust, mutual understanding and will benefit both the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples and, in principle, the entire region of the South Caucasus, and therefore Russia.

On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijani armed forces, backed by Turkey and foreign mercenaries and terrorists, attacked Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire front line using rocket and artillery weapons, heavy armored vehicles, military aircraft and prohibited types of weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons.

After 44 days of the war, on November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities. According to the document, the parties stopped at where they were at that time. The town of Shushi, the districts of Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin were handed over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.

A Russian peacekeeping contingent was deployed along the contact line in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to Karabakh and adjacent regions, prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons and bodies of the dead are being exchanged.

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