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Russian peacekeepers started withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh: Kremlin

Published : Thursday, 18 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 94

MOSCOW, Apr 17: Russian peacekeepers have begun withdrawing from Nagorno-Karabakh following Azerbaijans recapture of the disputed territory from Armenian separatists last year, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Azerbaijani state media reported this week that Russian troops had begun leaving positions held as part of a Moscow-brokered 2020 ceasefire between Baku and Yerevan.

They posted videos and photos showing armoured vehicles with Russian flags purportedly driving out of the territory.

Asked on Wednesday about the reports that Russian peacekeepers had started a withdrawal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "Yes, thats true."

He did not provide further details.

An advisor to Azerbaijans president said the decision had been agreed between Baku and Moscow at the "highest levels."

"The process has already started. The defence ministries of Azerbaijan and Russia are carrying out the necessary measures," state media quoted Hikmet Hajiyev, President Ilham Aliyevs foreign policy advisor, as saying.    —AFP

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