NAGORNO-KARABAKH – NOVEMBER 30, 2020: A Russian peacekeeper at an outpost established along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor mountain pass. According to the trilateral agreement on a complete ceasefire signed by the leaders of Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan on 9 November, Armenia hands over Nagorno-Karabakh’s Lachin District to Azerbaijan on December 1. Russian outposts are established along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor mountain pass. Alexander Ryumin/TASS Íàãîðíûé Êàðàáàõ. Ìèðîòâîðåö íà ðîññèéñêîì íàáëþäàòåëüíîì ïîñòó, âûñòàâëåííîì âäîëü ëèíèè ñîïðèêîñíîâåíèÿ â Íàãîðíîì Êàðàáàõå è âäîëü Ëà÷èíñêîãî êîðèäîðà, ñîåäèíÿþùåãî Àðìåíèþ è Íàãîðíûé Êàðàáàõ. Ãîðîä ñòàíîâèòñÿ ÷àñòüþ òåððèòîðèè Àçåðáàéäæàíà ñ 1 äåêàáðÿ 2020 ãîäà ñîãëàñíî ñîâìåñòíîìó ñîãëàøåíèþ î ïîëíîì ïðåêðàùåíèè áîåâûõ äåéñòâèé â Íàãîðíîì Êàðàáàõå îò 9 íîÿáðÿ 2020 ãîäà. Àëåêñàíäð Ðþìèí/ÒÀÑÑ

MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russian peacekeepers have cleared the southern suburbs of the Nagorno-Karabakh capital, Stepanakert, of mines, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“Russian deminers found and defused about 100 explosive devices in the past day. Explosive devices are taken to a specially equipped area and deactivated in accordance with safety requirements,” the statement reads.

The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier that peacekeepers had cleared over 38 hectares of land and about 12 kilometers of roads of mines, inspected more than 100 homes and social facilities, and deactivated about 1,100 explosive devices. In addition, they are ensuring the safety of those working to restore power lines, a gas pipeline and electrical substations.

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, with intense battles raging in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The conflict over the disputed territory, primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992-1994, tensions boiled over and exploded into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and seven adjacent territories after Azerbaijan lost control of them.

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting from November 10. The Russian leader said that Azerbaijan and Armenia would maintain the positions that they had held and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian observation points have been established along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor connecting the region with Armenia. The peacekeeping operation’s command is stationed in the Nagorno-Karabakh capital of Stepanakert.

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