YEREVAN. – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Armenia states with satisfaction that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries have delivered a clear assessment of the last escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), acknowledging that it is a consequence of the movement of Azerbaijani troops. The MFA noted this in a statement it released Monday. The statement continues as follows:
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation stated that it urged the Azerbaijani side to withdraw its armed units. On March 27, the Russian Defence Ministry issued a press-release stating that the Azerbaijani side had withdrawn its units from the Parukh settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Nevertheless, we are compelled to note that the incursion of Azerbaijani units into Nagorno-Karabakh in the area of responsibility of the Russian Federation’s peacekeeping contingent is ongoing, as shown in the attached maps.
We expect that the peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation in Nagorno Karabakh will take concrete measures to stem the incursion of Azerbaijani units into the area of peacekeepers’ responsibility and to withdraw the Azerbaijani armed forces. We consider it important to conduct a proper investigation into the actions of the peacekeeping contingent during this entire period of the incursion of Azerbaijani units, and answer a number of questions.
Note on the attached maps
In both maps, the outline of the responsibility area of the Russian Federation’s peacekeeping contingent is taken from the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The map describing the situation on March 24, 2022, clearly shows that there are no Azerbaijani military bases in the area of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno Karabakh.
The map indicating the situation at 9 a.m. on March 28, 2022 shows that Azerbaijani military bases are deployed in the area of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno Karabakh.