Aliyev announced the capture of the city of Lachin by the Azerbaijani military

Azerbaijan deployed troops in the border town of Lachin with Armenia Baku received three settlements of the corridor connecting Armenia with Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan motivated this by the completion of the construction of its section of the backup route. Yerevan criticized his position

The Azerbaijani army occupied the city of Lachin in the west of the country, the villages of Sus and Zabukh were taken under control, President of the Republic Ilham Aliyev said on Twitter.

“Congratulations to all Lachin residents and the Azerbaijani people on this holiday . Long live Lachin! Long live Azerbaijan!»— he wrote.

These settlements — part of the six-kilometer Lachin Corridor, the only land road linking Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh under a trilateral agreement struck after the conflict escalated in 2020. Lachin, Sus and Zabukh were under the control of Russian peacekeepers. In early August, Baku demanded to transfer control over them until August 25. Yerevan agreed, the authorities decided to evacuate the local residents.

Azerbaijan argued the demand by the fact that it completed its section of the new road, which will connect Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku considered that Yerevan deliberately delayed the construction of its section, since Russian peacekeepers are obliged to leave the Lachin corridor after construction is completed. The Armenian Security Council called Baku's demand unlawful, pointing out that Yerevan has not yet officially agreed to any construction plan, despite the actual start of the reconstruction of the M-12 Tekh&mdash highway for these purposes; Kornidzor. Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan recalled that three years were allotted in the trilateral agreement to agree on a new route.

Armenia and Azerbaijan, mediated by Russia, signed a trilateral agreement in November 2020. Aliyev called the agreement victorious, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that he was forced to sign it in order to stop the armed conflict. Russian peacekeepers have been stationed in the region.

Both sides expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of the agreement. Aliyev accused Armenia of refusing to withdraw troops from Nagorno-Karabakh, pointing out that progress was not achieved even despite the fact that a high-ranking representative of the Russian Defense Ministry made the corresponding promise (Aliev did not name his name and position).

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Pashinyan, in turn, also noted the presence of questions for Russian peacekeepers against the backdrop of the “capture” Azerbaijan a number of territories in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the villages of Khtsaberd and Khin Tager in 2020 and the village of Parukh this year. According to him, everything happened “in the presence and with the connivance of Russian peacekeepers.” “In this context, it becomes extremely necessary to clarify the details of the peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh,” — emphasized the prime minister in early August.

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