The Armenia vs Azerbaijan has finally come to an end by virtue of an agreement signed between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia today. The agreement seals the end of six weeks of clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. Nikol Pashinyan, the Armenian Prime Minister described the deal as “unspeakably painful”. In an emotional Facebook post, the Prime Minister said that the deal would come into force at 1 am on Tuesday (21:00 GMT on Monday). The conflict that has claimed about 30,000 lives and injured countless people will officially come to an end. The question remains, who won the Nagorno-Karabakh war?
Who won the Nagorno-Karabakh war?
“The signed trilateral statement will become a (crucial) point in the settlement of the conflict,” said Ilham Ajev, Azerbaijan’s President during a televised online meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. It appears that Armenia was forced to negotiate due to military success demonstrated by Azerbaijani forces.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev announced the victory in his tweet. He wrote, “This statement has historic significance.” He further added, “this statement constitutes Armenia’s capitulation. This statement puts an end to the years-long occupation. This statement is our Glorious Victory!” The news of the agreement sparked celebrations all over Azerbaijan, people came to the streets to celebrate the victory of their nation.
While the reaction was completely opposite in Armenia, angry people protested on streets against the agreement. “The city is in chaos at this point. Everyone is incensed. There’s a great sense of betrayal,” said a journalist based in Yerevan. Several people are calling for Pashinyan to step down.
BREAKING: Ararat Mirzoyan, Armenia’s speaker of parliament, has been attacked by protesters and dragged out of his car and beaten badly.
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“This is not a victory, but there is not defeat until you consider yourself defeated. We will never consider ourselves defeated and this shall become a new start of an era of our national unity and rebirth,” said Armenia’s Pashinyan while announcing the agreement signed to the public.
The Russian defense ministry announced that it had begun preparations for the deployment of 1,960 soldiers to act as peacekeepers for the period of the next five years. The Russian president that the soldiers would be positioned along the frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh as well as the corridor between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The soldiers will ensure that peace remains between both states. This arrangement has been secured after several failed attempts of the ceasefire to the Armenia vs Azerbaijan clash in the past weeks.
The last clashes began on the eve of September 27, it was feared that a greater war might emerge. Russia also maintains a defense pact with Armenia, Russia also has a military base in Armenia. While Turkey has been backing Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan accidentally shot down a Russian helicopter yesterday. The crash killed two crewmates while one was injured. Hours before the agreement was signed, Azerbaijan apologized to Moscow for their mistake and even offered to pay compensation.