MOSCOW — Russia urged Azerbaijan on Tuesday to end its more than month-long blockade of the sole road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov raised the issue with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in a phone call reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“The Russian side stressed the need for the swift and full unblocking of traffic along the Lachin Corridor in accordance with the parameters set out in the tripartite High-Level Statement of November 9, 2020,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement referred to the Russian-brokered ceasefire that stopped the 2020 Armenian-Azerbaijani war. The truce accord placed the corridor under the control of Russian peacekeeping forces and committed Azerbaijan to guaranteeing safe passage through it.

Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan again accused Azerbaijan of violating it when he addressed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna earlier in the day. He called for stronger international pressure on Baku.

“The blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh is not an isolated episode but must be seen as part of Azerbaijan’s systematic policy aimed at the ethnic cleansing of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” charged Mirzoyan. “Through creating unbearable living conditions, Azerbaijan aims to coerce the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to leave their native land.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Armenian Law-Enforcement Authorities Declare Appointment of Hrayr Tovmasyan Constitutional Court Chairman Illegal

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Law-enforcement authorities challenged on Tuesday the legality of Hrayr…

Armenia’s Teghut Copper Mine to Suspend Operations

YEREVAN — One of Armenia’s largest mining companies belonging to a Russian…

Education Minister Arayik Harutyunyan Rejects Demands for His Resignation

YEREVAN —  Armenian Education, Science, Culture and Sports Minister Arayik Harutyunyan, responding…

Deadline Extended for AUA Summer 2014 Program

The American University of Armenia (AUA) has extended the deadline for the…