On November 17th, the head of the General staff of the Armenian armed forces took responsibility for the army’s failures in the war for Nagorno-Karabakh against Azerbaijan.
“As chief of the General staff of the Armed forces and direct commander, I am responsible for all the successes and failures of the Armed forces,” Onik Gasparyan said.
Artak Davtyan, head of the military-industrial Committee of the Ministry of high-tech industry of Armenia, has been dismissed from his post.
There are also reports that the Armenian and Karabakh defense forces are to be profoundly reformed and changed, in order to avoid future “disappointments” such as the fiasco in the war against Azerbaijan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation in Armenia after the signing of agreements on Karabakh said that the power structures cannot afford to have a society split from inside.
On the reasons for Armenia’s defeat in the conflict:
“A country that is at war or is in danger of renewed hostilities, as it has always been the case over previous years, cannot afford to behave in such a way, including in the sphere of organizing power, in order to split society from within. This is absolutely unacceptable, counterproductive, and highly dangerous. In my opinion, we are witnessing [the consequences] of what has happened recently”
Armenian President Armen Sarkissian distanced himself from Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and said that he regrets that his experience was not used.
At a meeting with the residents of Hadrut, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian stated that he has nothing to do with the ceasefire statement signed by the Armenian Prime Minister and the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan.
He also noted that he regrets that his many years of diplomatic and negotiation experience were not used by Armenia in making a decision.
Representative of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan was attacked by unknown individuals.
“Since the 9th, I have received various threats, but I did not pay attention to anything. I do not even respond to calls for explicit revenge. I refused to file a complaint against these people with the police. Last night I was attacked by two people, fortunately I was able to protect myself, I am not afraid of anyone, I do not consider anyone an enemy. However, since the calls and threats of revenge continue today, I have to go to the police,” Artsrun Hovhannisyan claimed.
Some pressure appears to be mounting on Turkey, which has been quite active in Nagorno by supporting Azerbaijan.
Turkey’s recent actions have been very aggressive, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
The US administration and Europe must work together to resolve Turkey’s actions in the Middle East over the past few months. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the French newspaper Le Figaro.
“French President Emmanuel Macron and I agree that Turkey’s recent actions have been very aggressive”, Pompeo said, referring to Turkey’s recent support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as military operations in Libya and the Mediterranean.
Pompeo arrived in Turkey on November 17th, but hadn’t yet spoken to the Turkish leadership when he made the statement. He arrived there from Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.
Washington welcomes the cessation of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, said in a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The statement says that the US will provide aid in response to the humanitarian emergency in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Since the beginning of hostilities, the United States has called for an end to the violence and condemned the military escalation, which has resulted in heavy casualties, including among the civilian population,” the statement said.
According to Pompeo, the United States urges all parties to respect their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law.
At the same time, he notes that the end of the recent hostilities is “only the first step” for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“We call on the parties, as soon as possible, together with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, in accordance with the principles of the non-use of force and threats, territorial integrity, self-determination and equality of peoples, determined by the Helsinki Final Act, to re-engage in the process of finding a long-term and sustainable political solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the statement said.
It notes that the United States, as the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, remains fully involved in these efforts.
“In parallel with our diplomatic engagement, the United States will provide $ 5 million in humanitarian aid to support the actions and work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international partner organizations and non-governmental organizations in assisting the war-affected population,” Pompeo said.
On the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh, there have been no reports of new Russian peacekeeping deployments, however, 502 refugees returned to Nagorno-Karabakh from the territory of the Republic of Armenia.
A column of 24 buses from Yerevan proceeded to the main square of Stepanakert, accompanied by patrols of the Russian peacekeeping contingent and military police.
Since November 14th, more than 1,700 residents who had previously left their homes have returned to Stepanakert.
Russian military personnel ensured the safety of buses moving across the contact line to return civilians to their homes in Stepanakert.
There are issues, such as videos of Azerbaijani forces allegedly beating on civilians and so on.
A group of Azerbaijani soldiers beating an old Armenian man who was captured and posting it on Tik Tok.
Expect everything from these savages.
(Not clear when he was captured, probably earlier during the war) pic.twitter.com/a90yMV27Fq
— 301🇦🇲 (@301_AD) November 17, 2020
The Armenian population continues to leave the Kalbejar region, which has been their home for the past 27 years. Still leaving nothing behind.
They continue burning houses and destroying property and not leaving anything behind, as can be seen in the videos.
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