“I signed a declaration with the Russian and Azerbaijani presidents to end the war in Karabakh,” Pashinyan said in a statement on his Facebook page, describing this step as “indescribably painful, for me personally as well as for our people.”
He added that he would deliver a speech to the nation “in the coming days.”
Today, Tuesday, the President of Azerbaijan said that he had signed an agreement to end the military conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno Karabakh region, indicating that Turkey would participate in the peacekeeping operation in the conflict zone.
“The signed tripartite statement will become a (crucial) point in settling the conflict,” he added in an online interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin said that Armenia and Azerbaijan, under the auspices of his country, reached an agreement on a “comprehensive ceasefire” in the Nagorno Karabakh region, which came into effect at 21:00 GMT on Monday night.
In a statement broadcast by the Russian media, Putin said that “On the ninth of November, the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia Pashinyan and the President of the Russian Federation signed a declaration providing for a comprehensive ceasefire and an end to all military operations in the conflict zone in Nagorny Karabakh, as of mid The night of November 10th, Moscow time “.
He added that the agreement stipulates that the two parties to the conflict should maintain “the sites they control,” which means consolidating the victories achieved by the Azerbaijani forces and the loss of Armenian separatists’ control over large parts of the region.
This development comes after the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry apologized to Moscow for shooting down a Russian military helicopter over Armenia, and said it was ready to pay compensation to Russia, considering it an “accident”.
On Monday, the Russian military said one of its Mi-24 helicopters was shot down over Armenia near the border with an Azerbaijani region, killing two crew and wounding a third.
The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the plane was brought down by an air defense system that can be launched from the shoulder.
The Ministry of Defense announced that an investigation would be conducted by the Russian military base in Armenia to find out who was responsible for the shooting down of the plane, before Azerbaijan admitted responsibility.
Earlier Monday, Armenia said that heavy fighting raged in the vicinity of a strategic city in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, on Monday, a day after Azerbaijan announced its control of that city, in a major breakthrough after blood was spilled over a period of six weeks.
On Sunday, people celebrated in the streets of the Azerbaijani capital Baku, when President Ilham Aliyev announced that his country’s forces had captured Shusha, which is located on the top of a mountain overlooking Stepanakert, the main city in Nagorny Karabakh.
Armenia denied that the Armenian fighters in the mountain enclave had lost control of the city, which the Armenians call Shushi, but said that the fighting in its vicinity is still violent.