Defense chief receives new commander of Russian peacekeepers
September 29, 2021 10:42 am (UTC + 04:00 am)
By Vugar Khalilov
Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov received the new commander of Russian peacekeepers temporarily deployed in Azerbaijan, Lieutenant General Gennady Anashkin, the Defense Ministry reported on September 28.
The parties discussed the latest situation in Azerbaijani territories, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily deployed, the report added.
It should be noted that the first commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces, Lieutenant-General Rustam Muradov, also attended the meeting.
Lt. Gen. Anashkin is the third commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Azerbaijan, who was appointed to the post on September 25, 2021.
About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers were deployed for five years in Karabakh as part of the trilateral ceasefire agreement signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan on November 10, 2020. The signed agreement required Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands it had occupied since the early 1990s.
The agreement also stipulated the return of the Azerbaijani regions of Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin. Before the signing of the peace agreement, Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, city centers and the historic city of Shusha which had been under Armenian occupation for about 30 years.
On August 11, 2021, Azerbaijan urged Russian peacekeepers to end the illegal deployment of Armenian troops to Azerbaijani territories under their temporary control.
Later on August 14, President Ilham Aliyev reiterated that Azerbaijan had recently identified Armenian troops being sent to Karabakh via the Lachin Corridor controlled by Russian peacekeepers and pointed out that this contradicted the country’s agreement. November 10.
Follow us on twitter @AzerNewsAz