Azerbaijan takes blame for Russian ‘blue helmets’ shot dead in Karabakh

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Azerbaijan has assumed responsibility for the death on Wednesday of several members of the russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabaj. The servicemen were attacked “when they were returning from an observation post of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in the area of ​​the village of Dzhanyatag,” according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Among the dead is the deputy commander of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet, but Russia avoided retaliation.

The vehicle in which the peacekeepers were traveling was attacked with small weapons. The Russian Ministry of Defense He did not specify how many people diedbut the head of RT, Margaret Simonyanhe later wrote, without citing sources, that he had five dead. The military correspondent Yuri Kotenok He also states that in total they died cinco people. According to ‘The Moscow Times’, they are four.

One of the dead is the deputy commander of the peacekeeping contingent Ivan Kovgan, deputy commander of the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet, reported the media ‘SeverPost’. Several months ago he was sent on a business trip to Karabakh.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry “expressed its deepest condolences” regarding the incident. The Kremlin reported that the president, Ilham Aliyevapologized in a conversation with Vladimir Putin. Aliyev, according to a message on the Kremlin website, also expressed his willingness to provide financial assistance to the families of the victims. The first suspects for the death of the peacekeepers have already been detained and its commander has been replaced.

The assumption of blame coincided with the First meeting of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and representatives of Azerbaijanheld in the city of Yevlakh. There was no agreement among them. The representative of the president of Azerbaijan for special missions, Elchin Amirbekov, for his part, said that at the meeting a draft peace agreement was handed over to the Armenian side, which provides that both countries will be obliged not to interfere in each other’s affairs. On September 20, the authorities of this unrecognized republic announced that they had reached a ceasefire agreement with the participation of Russian peacekeepers. But it is a unknown how the future is going to be managed.

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