(FreedomBeacon.com)- In September of last year war once again erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The longstanding dispute has plagued the region for decades – with Russia and Iran siding with Armenia against Azerbaijan.
September’s war was seen as a victory for Azerbaijani forces – thanks in large part to Israeli and Turkish drones that revealed enemy troop and artillery positions with deadly accuracy. The 44-day war ended after Azerbaijan and Armenia, along with Russia, signed a ceasefire agreement on November 9, 2020.
However, since November, more than 20 Azerbaijanis — both civilians and servicemen – have been killed and another 85 wounded by mines left in the Nagorno-Karabakh by the retreating Armenian troops.
Among the dead and injured are those returning to Nagorno-Karabakh after being displaced during the continuing conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan that have been sporadically raging since the early 1990s. One family that forced to flee in the nineties, was killed on November 28, 2020 when their vehicle struck an Armenian anti-tank mine as they were returning to their war-torn village.
For months, Armenia has refused any attempts to solve the crisis diplomatically through bilateral talks with Azerbaijan.
So this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped in deciding Russia has no alternative but to get involved in the dispute.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that “energetic efforts” are being made to ease tensions in order to rectify the situation on the border.
Refusing to say whether Armenia had requested military assistance in the conflict, Peskov did say that Russia had been in touch with both Azerbaijan and Armenia regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
Azerbaijan, however, does not want Russia involved in any agreement. While Armenia, on the other hand, has refused to come to the table unless Russia is involved.
Armenia’s reasons for this are obvious. Armenia is a satellite of Russia and is home to two Russian military bases. Even its airspace is regulated from Moscow.
Any trilateral agreement involving Russia will not be negotiated in good faith.