Martial law has been imposed in Nagorno Karabakh

Martial law has been imposed in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR). This was reported by the press service of the NKR leader.

“On March 26, the President of the Artsakh Republic (Armenian name of Nagorno Karabakh – Forbes) Araik Harutyunyan signed a decree on the temporary restriction of rights and freedoms under the martial law declared in the Artsakh Republic,” the statement said.

According to the decree, during the martial law the right to freedom of assembly is restricted, strikes and other events are prohibited, the work of organizations engaged in propaganda or other activities against the defense and security of the republic is suspended. “Responsibility for ensuring the application of temporary restrictions on the rights and freedoms established by this decree rests with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Security Service of the Republic,” the statement said.

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The NKR military reported an attempt by Azerbaijani forces to advance into Nagorno-Karabakh, after which the leadership of the unrecognized republic asked Vladimir Putin to increase the number of troops in Russia’s peacekeeping contingent and military equipment in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The day before, Putin had a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan, during which the situation in Nagorno Karabakh was discussed.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the Azerbaijani armed forces had violated the line of contact between Nagorno Karabakh in the area of ​​responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping mission and occupied the village of Parukh in the Askeran region of the NKR. Russia’s Defense Ministry said that the Azerbaijani military, in violation of tripartite agreements, entered the area of ​​responsibility of Russian peacekeepers and fired at Karabakh army units from Turkish drones.

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan refuted these reports and noted that the units of the Azerbaijani forces continue the process of clarifying the positions and points of deployment without the use of force. They also accused Armenia of trying to sabotage Azerbaijani army units in the region.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry called on Russia to return Azerbaijani troops to their original positions.

In November 2020, the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan and the prime minister of Armenia signed a tripartite agreement to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, which lasted for 44 days, from the end of September that year. The agreement envisages the transfer of part of the territories by Armenia to Azerbaijan. Russian peacekeepers were sent to Nagorno Karabakh to monitor the implementation of the agreements.

On March 26, the Russian Foreign Ministry called for compliance with the tripartite agreements on Karabakh. It was also reported that Russian peacekeepers, in cooperation with both sides, are taking the necessary measures to de-escalate the situation in the region.

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