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Russian Foreign Ministry Urges Azerbaijan: Unblock Lachin Corridor, Honor Trilateral Agreement


Maria Zakharova photo made by Associated Press

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on Baku to completely unblock traffic through the Lachin Corridor, addressing the recent actions that have led to its closure. Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, issued a statement addressing the complete blocking of the Lachin Corridor by Azerbaijan. The statement emphasized that such actions are in violation of the November 9, 2020, statement made by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.


Zakharova expressed concern that these measures could escalate tensions and hinder the ongoing efforts supported by Russia to settle relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. She called on Baku to immediately unblock traffic through the Lachin Corridor to ease the situation.


The statement also urged Yerevan not to withdraw from cooperation in trilateral formats, as the cessation of activities in this regard could negatively impact the regional situation and potentially lead to "local" escalation. The Russian side emphasized the importance of continuing work on the delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, offering its consulting assistance if needed.


Zakharova re-emphasized the importance of all parties involved strictly adhering to the trilateral agreements, demonstrating restraint, and recognizing their responsibility in ensuring security in the area of the Lachin Corridor.


The Russian government stated its commitment to actively engage in communication with both Baku and Yerevan to find a resolution to the situation.


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