Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told Russia’s TASS that security guarantees must be given to Armenian refugees to return to Karabakh villages which have come under the control of Azerbaijan.
The presidents discussed the sharp escalation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They expressed deep concern over the continued large-scale hostilities there. Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called on the conflicting sides to fully cease fire without delay, deescalate tensions and show maximum restraint.
They pointed out that there is no alternative to a diplomatic and political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. In this context, they discussed the practical aspects of their further interaction, primarily within the OSCE Minsk Group. They expressed readiness to issue a statement on behalf of the Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the United States) regarding the immediate termination of the hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.
Russia will continue its arms sales to both Azerbaijan and Armenia despite the latest flare-up of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.
Russia has long been Azerbaijan’s main arms supplier. Between 2013 and 2017, its share was 65 percent of Azerbaijan’s total foreign weapons imports (Sipri.org, March 2018). Although Russia is the main arms seller to Azerbaijan, it also provides military equipment to Armenia.
Öffentliche Versammlungen sind in Russland wegen der Coronavirus-Pandemie derzeit verboten. Die Kundgebung in Chabarowsk wurde von der Polizei aber nicht aufgelöst. Behördenvertreter sprachen von 6.500 Teilnehmern, in Onlinekanälen der Opposition war dagegen von rund 90.000 Demonstranten die Rede.