On November 20th, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that he is ready for normal relations with Armenia if “healthy forces” come to power there.
He also stated that “the Karabakh is over.”
Meanwhile, to reinforce Aliyev’s claims, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan dismissed defense Minister David Tonoyan and he appealed to the President with a proposal to sign a decree on the dismissal of the Minister.
On November 19, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Ara Ayvazyan had a phone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
Lavrov congratulated Minister Ayvazyan on assuming the post of Foreign Minister. In this context, the mutual readiness to continue developing the Armenian-Russian allied relations in all spheres, including regional security issues, was emphasized.
The interlocutors touched upon the details of the practical implementation of the November 10 trilateral statement and the activities of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh.
The ministers also discussed the situation in Artsakh and the region. Reference was made to the efforts aimed at the settlement of the humanitarian situation in Artsakh, as well as to the meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs held in Moscow yesterday.
1,235 refugees returned to Artsakh from Armenia during the day. Since November 14, about 4,000 people who were previously forced to leave their homes have returned to Stepanakert.
In Azerbaijan, WarGonzo reported that Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev signed the peace deal, which allowed Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, without consulting with his “big brother” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to unnamed diplomatic sources, Aliyev asked Putin for twenty minutes to coordinate with Erdogan a well-known document on the deployment of Russian peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian President did not provide such an opportunity to Aliyev.
“Naturally, this circumstance caused serious tension in relations between Baku and Ankara, since Erdogan’s plans did not include giving the region under the control of the Russian Peacekeeping Forces.
In the Turkish scenario written for this war, the calculation was that in addition to the Russian contingent, Turkish troops should have been directly on the line of demarcation between the Artsakh Defense Army and the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. The current agreement does not provide for this.
The emergency entry of Turkish troops into the territory of Azerbaijan-recently approved by the Turkish Parliament-is a consequence of this internal conflict. Erdogan is urgently trying to make up for the geopolitical points given by Aliyev to Moscow.
Aliyev promised to fulfill these requirements. Erdogan again-opposes this. He has his own plans for extremists.”
The issue of the presence of militants from Pro-Turkish terrorist groups in the region remains open. According to diplomatic sources of the WarGonzo project, Moscow and Tehran demanded the immediate withdrawal of radical elements from Transcaucasia.
On the ground in Karabakh, the situation is stable, another 18 Il-76 aircraft and two An-124 “Ruslan” aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Aerospace Forces of Russia with equipment and personnel were sent to Armenia to take part in the peacekeeping deployment.
During the day, 33 pieces of equipment were delivered to Armenia by Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft – armored vehicles “Tigr”, “Lynx”, cross-country trucks, repair and evacuation vehicles, equipment and material support equipment.
Meanwhile, according to the trilateral Statement signed by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the President of the Russian Federation, units of the Azerbaijan Army entered the Aghdam region on November 20th.
There are quite a few videos showing that:
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