On January 7th, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev issued a warning to Armenia, saying that there should be no visits by Armenian officials to Artsakh.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia went to Stepanakert. What are you doing there? Let them not forget the war. Let them not forget that the iron fist is in place. These visits must end. We warn that if such provocative steps are taken again, Armenia will regret it even more.
A delegation of representatives of the Russian government, who recently visited Armenia and Azerbaijan, held talks on these topics. Well, if relations are normalizing, then why do we need such provocative “visits”? What do they want to show by this? Do they want to annoy us again? Let them not forget that such provocative steps have cost them dearly. Therefore, all visits should be stopped. No foreign citizen can visit these territories without our permission. No international organization, except the Red Cross, can go there. This is our territory. The whole world recognizes this territory as an integral part of Azerbaijan. Foreign Minister of Armenia, who are you that you are going there? We warn you. If such steps are repeated, our response will be very tough. The first time we alerted them was through the Foreign Office. After that, the warnings will be different. They should not go there, let them stay in their own country.”
According to sources in Artsakh, and the WarGonzo blog, small arms were shot by Azerbaijani troops in the area of Shusha.
Armenian media claimed there was shooting in Artsakh, and that the enemy – Azerbaijan’s forces – opened fire both on positions and in the air. The military personnel of the Artsakh Defense Army responded proportionately to the provocation of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a telephone conversation with the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.
“The parties discussed the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh following the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan and the ways of overcoming the challenges. The Premier thanked the French President for his thoughtfulness and support provided during these challenging times for the Armenian people.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Emmanuel Macron referred to a number of issues related to the agenda of the Armenian-French relations and the development of economic cooperation,” the Official message read.
France’s support in the form of absolutely nothing is likely to not be forgotten by Pashinyan, who is eagerly thanking Paris for the words of support.
Meanwhile, the Russian peacekeepers continue assisting the citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh.
About 260 buildings in Artsakh have been restored with the help of Russia. Currently, about 260 objects have been restored. Among them are private houses, apartment buildings, social infrastructure facilities. Currently, 15 buildings are being repaired, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies said.
The situation is largely calm, with the Russian peacekeepers holding things tightly together.
The demarcation of borders is also on-going, more or less, according to plan.
The Armenian Prime Minister refuses to assume any responsibility, while Aliyev continues acting like the supreme victor, and Azerbaijan keeps releasing videos of its “liberate areas.”
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