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The situation is the same as yesterday; after negotiations, the Azerbaijani troops had to stay in the territory of Sev Lake either way and simply had to move a little back, but they didn’t. This is what Deputy Mayor of Goris Menua Hovsepyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.

Yesterday there were reports that the Armenian side and Commander of the Russian peacekeeping troops in Artsakh Rustam Muradov had ended negotiations and that, according to preliminary information, the Azerbaijanis had to retreat.

Today former Deputy Director of the State Service for Emergency Situations of Artsakh Boris Avagyan said, according to the agreement reached, the Azerbaijani forces will have four military posts in the territory of Sev Lake, with 15 soldiers at each military post, under the condition that the Armenian side can have the same number (not more) of military posts/soldiers.

Menua Hovsepyan neither refuted nor confirmed the news and added that he won’t provide his information since negotiations are still in progress.

During today’s session of the Security Council, acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan declared that, starting from May 14, some groups of Azerbaijani servicemen have left the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

During a conversation with Armenian News-NEWS.am, the heads of Kut village of Gegharkunik Province and Khoznavar village of Syunik Province said the Azerbaijani troops haven’t retreated and the border situation remains the same.

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