Nagorno-Karabakh: Russia deploys peacekeeping troops to region

first_imgJubilant scenes in Azerbaijan Russia’s Vladimir Putin said last month that almost 5,000 people had been killed in the fighting. The peace deal, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s prime minister, took effect on Tuesday from 01:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday). The protesters who gathered here overnight accused the government of betrayal. They believed the fighting should have continued until the end and they were confident of victory. The enclave is internationally recognised as Azerbaijani but has been run by ethnic Armenians since 1994. There is a mood of national celebration in Baku. At Martyrs’ Alley – a memorial to Azerbaijan’s fallen soldiers – there are surging crowds among a sea of flags. Two young students are holding a homemade sign that reads: “Tell the world we are coming home.” It is a home they have never seen. Their parents were driven from Nagorno-Karabakh almost 30 years ago, but now they intend to move there to build a new life. read more

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