On November 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to create a humanitarian center for the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where a heated battle between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has been taken place over the last two months.
In a statement, the Kremlin said the inter-agencies center will include representatives of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation as well as representatives of other federal bodies of the executive power.
The Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation was tasked with resolution of organizational and other issues related to the creation and activities of the inter-agency center.
President Putin hoped that the international community will provide support for the work of the center in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“I ask the Russian Foreign Ministry to continue work to inform the OSCE Minsk Group partners about the decisions made as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross … and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,” TASS quoted Putin as saying during a meeting on humanitarian issues in Nagorno-Karabakh. “Constructive and full-scale work should be established with these agencies, particularly with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and UNESCO; we should come in contact with colleagues in UNESCO.” “I am counting on their support.”
Meanwhile, Russia continues to deployed troops in Nagorno-Karabakh and nearby areas to control the implementation of the November 9 peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
On November 13, the Russian military deployed BM-21 122 mm multiple rocket launchers in the Armenian area of Goris, 19 km away from Nagorno-Karabakh border. From there, the rocket launchers can provide fire support to peacekeepers in the disputed region if needed.
Peacekeepers with T72B and Bm21 Grads lol pic.twitter.com/vnU4DYnC0a
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) November 13, 2020
The terms of the November 9 agreement seem to be respected. Both sides are showing their commitment to the Russian-brokered agreement. On November 13, Armenia and Azerbaijan began the process of exchanging the bodies of those killed in battle.
Russian peacekeepers and the International Committee of the Red Cross and Committee are monitoring the process, which is likely to last a few days.
— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@aldin_ww) November 13, 2020
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