Armenia asks for Russian help to ensure “security” – rts.ch

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian on Saturday asked President Vladimir Putin to start “urgent” consultations on the assistance that Russia could provide to ensure the security of his country, which is in conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

This announcement, likely to provoke an escalation in the conflict, came after the failure of new talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan aimed at establishing a ceasefire.

“The Prime Minister of Armenia has asked the Russian president to start urgent consultations with the aim of determining the nature and the amount of the assistance which the Russian Federation can give to Armenia to ensure its security,” the ministry said. Foreign Affairs in a press release.

Russia is ready to provide “necessary” assistance to Armenia, in conflict with Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, if the fighting spreads into Armenian territory, the Russian Ministry of Affairs announced on Saturday. foreigners.

Russia has a military base in Armenia. It is linked to Yerevan by a defense treaty, but has claimed in the past that it does not extend to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Fighting closer to the border

In his letter, Nikol Pachinian claimed that the fighting was drawing closer to the Armenian borders and again accused Turkey of supporting Azrbaijan.

Citing good relations between the two countries and a treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance that has bound them since 1997, he called on Moscow for help.

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Djeyhoun Baïramov met in Geneva on Friday to try unsuccessfully to find a solution to the crisis which has left more than 1,250 dead in just over a year. month.

Since September 27, the Azerbaijani forces and those of Nagorno-Karabakh supported by Yerevan have been clashing again. So far, three attempts at a humanitarian truce have been shattered.

Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Azerbaijan in the 1990s after a war that left 30,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

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