30 Aug 2022 11:58

Russian peacekeepers start monitoring section of Armenia-Karabakh road - Stepanakert

YEREVAN. Aug 30 (Interfax) - Russian peacekeepers have been deployed at a temporary section of a new motorway, which links Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Viktoria Petrosyan, spokesperson for the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's (NKR) Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, told the Armenian state news agency Armenpress on Tuesday.

"This temporary route will be used until the construction of the main part of the corridor between Artsakh [Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh] and Armenia is completed. Russian peacekeepers have already been deployed there. They are monitoring the situation," Petrosyan said.

There will be a new overland route between the NKR and Armenia starting August 30, in accordance with a decision adopted by the NKR Security Council.

Under Point 6 of the statement signed by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on November 9, 2020, "the new route will preserve its status as a corridor," the press service for the NKR Security Council said.

Prior to it, it was possible to travel between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia via the Lachin Corridor, where Russian peacekeepers were stationed, or using the Sotk-Kalbajar motorway, which is under Azerbaijan's control today.