Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire, starting at 12:00 pm today, Saturday, to exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead.
Lavrov’s announcement came after the end of 10-hour talks with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts in Moscow at 3 am local time.
The Russian minister said that Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to start talks on settling the conflict over the Nagorno Karabakh region.
Since September 27, battles have been taking place on the front line between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the foreign ministers of the two countries met in Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called for an immediate end to the fighting in Karabakh for humanitarian reasons.
While the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, confirmed that his country is not ready to make any concessions, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said that the agenda of the Moscow meeting concerns only the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian issues.
For his part, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that his country believes in the principle of a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Karabakh, and that it is ready to restart the political process for the region.
On the ground, the Al-Jazeera correspondent earlier quoted a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense as saying that his country’s forces are still advancing on all fronts in Karabakh, and that they have not lost any of the areas they have controlled since the beginning of this war.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Defense of the Nagorno Karabakh region – which is not recognized internationally – reported the renewed fighting between its forces and the Azerbaijani army on the various fighting axes, especially the southern and northern axes, referring to what it considered a decline in the activity of the Azeri forces.