“We Azerbaijan have returned to the city today Laczynwhere the (henceforth our) army is stationed. (…) I congratulate all the inhabitants of Laczyn and the people of Azerbaijan “- wrote Aliyev.

On Thursday, the Armenian agency Armenpress informed the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh (arm. Archach) that the road connecting Stepanakert with Yerevan, so far protected by the Russian peacekeeping forces, will be passable until the first week of September. Later, an alternative route is to be launched, bypassing the towns occupied by Azerbaijani troops.

Separatist region Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian enclave located de jure in the territory of Azerbaijan. This area and several adjoining regions (also in Azerbaijan) have been controlled by Armenia since the war in 1992-94.

In September 2020, Azerbaijan made an attempt to restore control over the region. After six weeks of fighting, during which Baku gained a significant advantage and territorial gains with the support of Turkey, on the night of November 9-10, 2020, an agreement was signed an Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian peace agreement.

On his virtue it came to ceasefireand Russian peacekeepers were brought into the disputed region to remain there for at least five years. Armenia undertook to transfer to Azerbaijan the occupied areas in Nagorno-Karabakh (including the city of Shusha) and three adjacent areas (including the city of Agdam, destroyed in the 1990s). The road connecting Armenia with the capital of the separatist region, Stepanakertem, was to be protected by Russian troops.

The 2020 agreement caused euphoria in Azerbaijan and caused a political conflict and protests in Armenia, and the prime minister of that country, Nikol Pashinyan, was accused of “treason”.

Armed skirmishes have taken place regularly in Nagorno-Karabakh over the past two years. In November 2021, the authorities in Yerevan notified the deaths of a dozen Armenian soldiers.