YEREVAN, August 6. / ARKA /. First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Konstantin Zatulin, who is also Director of the Institute of CIS Countries in Moscow, said Armenia was going through the most difficult times in its modern history.
According to Zatulin’s press service, he visited Armenia on August 4-5 “for the first time since last year’s war (in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone) that should not have been allowed.”
He said he visited Armenia not only to get more complete information of what was happening in this country, but also to feel the mood of ordinary citizens with whom he communicated on the streets and squares of the capital Yerevan.
“Yerevan, as always, is beautiful, and the Armenian people are hospitable. But we in Russia must understand that the consequences of the last year’s tragedy are being felt by everyone here and concerns for the fate of the people and the country are widespread. The stakes are higher than ever – Armenia is going through the most difficult times in its modern history. Not supporting the Armenian people at such a moment means for Russia to betray itself. I am sure that the president and the government of the Russian Federation, deputies of the State Duma, our military and diplomats understand this well,” the Russian deputy stressed.
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 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.