- Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed in Geneva not to attack civilian areas.
- The Minsk Group has not been able to establish lasting peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region for nearly three decades.
- The Russian president has not commented on Pashinyan's request.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has asked the Russian president for help in securing his country. The Armenian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday (October 31st) that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had officially asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to launch an “urgent consultation” on ensuring Armenia’s security.
While the war in Karabakh continues, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed in Geneva not to attack civilian areas. Pashinyan wants to consult with Putin on how and to what extent Russia will help Armenia ensure its security.
The Russian president has not commented on Pashinyan’s request. Russia has not yet intervened in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Putin has repeatedly stated that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has nothing to do with defending Armenia’s security.
In early October, Pashinyan also raised the issue of the deployment of Russian peacekeepers in the region. Continuation of the war at the same time as negotiations over the ceasefire in Karabakh.
As the war continues on the fronts, political efforts to end the war continue. So far, three “humanitarian” firearms have been agreed upon to hand over the soldiers’ bodies, but the parties immediately violated it.
The Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, within the framework of the Minsk Group, agreed for the first time on Thursday (October 29th) that the two countries would not bomb each other’s civilian areas.
Jeyhun Ashirov, a freelance journalist covering the Nagorno-Karabakh news, tweeted that the agreement was reached at the Minsk Group meeting after six to seven hours of talks.
The Minsk Group was established in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Russia, France and the United States co-chair the Minsk Group.
In addition, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, as well as Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan are members of the Minsk Group.
The Minsk Group has not been able to establish lasting peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region for nearly three decades. The fire of war broke out in Karabakh in late September. More than 1,200 people were killed in the war. Putin puts the death toll on both sides at more than 5,000.
US Proposal to Deploy Scandinavian Peacekeepers
Observers fear the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could turn into a proxy war between Russia and Turkey in the Caucasus. Turkey supports Azerbaijan and Russia supports Armenia.
White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has opposed the deployment of troops to Minsk Group leadership (Russia, the United States and France) and neighboring countries in Nagorno-Karabakh.
He proposes the deployment of peacekeepers from the Scandinavian countries in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
Speaking to representatives of the Armenian community in California, O’Brien said any Turkish mediation in the peace talks was unacceptable to the United States and Armenia.
The high-ranking US official stressed that Azerbaijan and Armenia should accept the idea of Scandinavian peacekeepers.
He added that the United States would work with the Scandinavian governments to establish peacekeeping forces that could be deployed to maintain the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.