Caucasus (bbabo.net), - Last Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan spread “another misinformation” that allegedly the Armenian side, accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, transported Armenian servicemen and ammunition along the dirt road Stepanakert-Gaibalishen-Lisagor (Lysogorye), indicated authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh.
As reported today, March 22, by the news agency "Armenpress" with reference to the statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh, in fact, only civilians and humanitarian goods are transported between the indicated settlements of the unrecognized republic, accompanied by military personnel of the Russian peacekeeping contingent (RMK).
“Normal communication between the capital and some villages of the Shusha region (Nagorno-Karabakh) has been interrupted since December 12, 2022 due to the blocking of the Stepanakert-Goris interstate highway (Lachin corridor. - Ed.) by Azerbaijan. Given the difficult terrain of this mountain road, traffic on it is organized with involving the appropriate automotive equipment, which the Azerbaijani side is trying to present as military vehicles. Russian peacekeepers are fulfilling their function, enshrined in the tripartite statement of November 9, 2020. Taking into account the sabotage attack on the Karabakh police on March 5 and additional risks, the Russian side ensured the safe movement of civilians and cargo,” the Nagorno-Karabakh Interior Ministry said in a statement.
In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan pointed to the escort by RCC units of "support vehicles belonging to illegal Armenian armed groups."
“Our technical surveillance equipment recorded movement in the direction of the dirt road Khankendi-Khalfali-Turshsu (Stepanakert-Gaibalishen-Lisagor. - Ed.) of one BTR-82A combat vehicle belonging to the Russian peacekeeping contingent, three Ural tent vehicles and a KamAZ vehicle “with a fuel tank belonging to the Armenians, a total of five military vehicles in the convoy. We once again declare the inadmissibility of military transportation accompanied by the Russian peacekeeping contingent, which is a gross violation of the provisions of the tripartite statement,” the Azerbaijani military department said.
The authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh reported on March 5 that an Azerbaijani "sabotage group" had fired on the duty vehicle of the passport and visa department of the internal affairs department of the unrecognized republic in an area called Khaipalu, which is located between the outskirts of Stepanakert and the village of Lisagor (Lysogorye). The Armenian side reported three dead and one wounded, Baku - about the death of two servicemen of the Azerbaijani army.
Recall that the Lachin corridor, the only transport link between Nagorno-Karabakh and the outside world, has been blocked by Azerbaijani activists for the fourth month since December 12. According to the tripartite statement of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020, the 5 km wide corridor should be under the control of Russian peacekeepers.