According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Russia has started to deploy its peacekeeping forces in the conflict zone of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“To control the ceasefire and hostilities, peacekeeping forces of the Russian Federation are deployed in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the amount of 1,960 servicemen, 90 armored personnel carriers, 380 units of automobile and special equipment,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
At 6 am, Moscow time, six Il-76 aircraft of the Russian Air Force started the transportation of Russian peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The departure of the Russian peacekeeping forces from the Ulyanovsk airfield is carried out by military transport aircraft IL-76,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The units of the 15th separate motorized rifle (peacekeeping) brigade “Alexandria” of the Central Military District that consists only of contract enlistees forms the basis of the Russian contingent deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On Tuesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a complete ceasefire had been declared in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict since November 10.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the text of the trilateral statement painful for Armenia.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that a joint peacekeeping mission of Russia and Turkey will be carried out in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The military phase is coming to an end, and we are moving on to a political settlement. This is the most advantageous option for us. This is actually a military surrender of Armenia,” Aliyev said during his address to the Azerbaijani people.
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