Russia Calls on Azerbaijan to Open Corridor between Armenia and Karabakh

Russia calls for unblocking of Lachin Corridor between Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh
Russia has called for the immediate and unconditional unblocking of the Lachin corridor which links Armenia and the separatist region of Nagorno Karabakh in Azerbaijan. On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Affairs held a phone conversation in which ” the importance of finding solutions acceptable to both parties to the entire set of concerns was stressed” between Yerevan and Baku.

The Lachin corridor has been blockaded for 37 days after a group of Azerbaijani protesters, described as environmentalists by their government, closed the land route as a demand of access to some illegally exploited mines in the Karabakh enclave. This event has had a severe impact on the 120,000 Nagorno-Karabakh inhabitants, causing a serious shortage of food and basic medicines.

The Red Cross is trying to provide the region with a minimum level of humanitarian aid, while teams are transferri ng severely ill patients to Armenia due to the absence of functioning medical centers in Nagorno-Karabakh. The International Crisis Group (ICG) has placed this conflict as the second most important crisis of the year, just behind Ukraine.

The Russians have stated that “the need to fully unblock transit through the Lachín corridor as soon as possible in accordance with the provisions of the high-level three-part declaration of November 9, 2020,” according to the November 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war agreement.

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