Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov met with Rustam Muradov, commander of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)], the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry press service reported.
"During the meeting, the matters of implementation of the provisions of the joint statement by the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia, and the Prime Minister of Armenia were discussed," the respective statement also reads.
On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities— which Azerbaijan had launched on September 27—in and around Artsakh. Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan.