Late on November 30, Azerbaijani troops started entering the Lachin district in the Nagorno-Karabkah region. The district is being transferred to Azerbaijani forces as a part of the ceasefire agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan earlier in November. Nonetheless, the Lachin corridor, the road linking Armenia with the remaining territory of the Nagorno-Karabah Republic (Republic of Artsakh) will remain under the control of the Russian peacekeeping force.
Under the aforementioned ceasefire deal, Azerbaijan already established control of the districts of Agdam and Kalbajar. With the transfer to Lachin to the hands of the Azerbaijanis, the first phase of the implementation of the ceasefire deal is nearing its end. The next step is the restoration of the transport link between the Azerbaijani mainland and Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic as well as the creation of the alternative road between Lachin and Stepanakert that would not pass through the Azerbaijani-controlled area.
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