On October 25, Armenia and Azerbaijan reached another humanitarian ceasefire deal, this time in Washington. The ceasefire will take effect at 08:00 a.m. local time (12:00 a.m. EDT) on October 26.
“Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun on October 24, 2020 and reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to implement and abide by the humanitarian ceasefire agreed in Moscow on October 10, which were reaffirmed in the statement issued from Paris on October 17, in accordance with the October 1, 2020 joint statement of United States President Donald J. Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The humanitarian ceasefire will take effect at 08:00 a.m. local time (12:00 a.m. EDT) on October 26, 2020. The United States facilitated intensive negotiations among the Foreign Ministers and the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to move Armenia and Azerbaijan closer to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the US State Department statement reads.
The deal was reached amid intense clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces and it does not seem that the Turkish-Azerbaijani bloc is really interested in the de-escalation of the situation as Ankara and Baku believe that they are on the brink of the victory.
The Iranian leadership is also skeptical regarding the diplomatic settlement of the conflict. Iran deployed large forces to the border with Karabakh and launched large-scale military drills in the area.
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