Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he asked to start consultations to determine the form of assistance that Moscow can provide to Yerevan, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.
“The Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia appealed to the President of the Russian Federation for immediate consultations in order to determine the type and amount of assistance that the Russian Federation can provide to the Republic of Armenia to ensure its security,” the message says.
In the letter, Pashinyan also described in detail the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and spoke about “the circumstances of the transfer of foreign armed terrorists from the Middle East” to participate in the battles in Karabakh.
The day before, Pashinyan called the deployment of Russian peacekeepers the “optimal solution” to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, peacekeepers can be brought into the conflict zone of Nagorno-Karabakh only with the consent of both sides.
Active hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia using a wide range of heavy weapons in Nagorno-Karabakh began on 27 September. Thus, the countries violated the ceasefire agreement signed 26 years ago, which ended the 1991-1994 Karabakh war. States accuse each other of escalating the conflict. Azerbaijan, openly supported by Turkey, claims it wants to end the “Armenian occupation” in its Soviet-era territory historically inhabited by Armenians. Since 1991, Karabakh itself has considered itself an independent republic and receives military and economic assistance from Yerevan, but is not legally recognized by it.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have already agreed on a ceasefire three times. The first stage of the talks took place in Moscow on October 10 with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The second time the heads of the foreign ministers agreed on a ceasefire by telephone on October 17. For the third time, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire on October 24, it was supposed to come into force on October 26 at 8:00 local time. In all three cases, the parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire and continued fighting.