Armenian Prime Minister Nicholas Pashinyan has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate in the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. He called on Putin to initiate consultations on an emergency basis to provide security after the latest ceasefire efforts failed. French news agency AFP reported.
The old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karbakh region resumed on 26 September. Meanwhile, nearly two thousand people have died in the conflict. The fighting has not stopped even after Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a ceasefire agreement on Russia’s initiative. The last attempt was made by the United States to resolve the conflict. As part of this, the two countries reached a third ceasefire. If that too fails, there will be a cease-fire again on Friday, but no agreement has been reached.
Putin wrote a letter to Putin after talks on a cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Geneva on Friday. The letter was informed by the Armenian Foreign Ministry.
The letter warned that the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan could proceed.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Armenian prime minister had called on the Russian president to initiate “urgent consultations” to ensure security. In order to ensure the security of Armenia, it is possible to specify the type and extent of cooperation provided by Russia.
Russia has a military base in Armenia. Russia has previously stated that cooperation in the ongoing conflict is not covered by the Nagorno-Karbakh region.
However, in a letter to Putin, Pasanian said that the ongoing conflict was moving closer to the Armenian border and that Turkey was cooperating with Azerbaijan.
He called on Moscow to co-operate and close relations between the two countries and to re-operate friendship, co-operation and bilateral cooperation on the 1997 agreement.
Although the Nagorno-Karbakh region is located inside Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. Armenia and Azerbaijan came under control of the region in the late 1970s. The conflict ended in the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991. 30,000 people were killed in the conflict until a ceasefire was established between the two sides in 1994. Later, in early 2016, the two sides also joined the conflict.