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20 November
Foreign minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan gave an interview to French Le Figaro newspaper, was informed from the MFA Armenia. Azerbaijan's military aggression against Nagorno Karabakh ended with a trilateral declaration on the ceasefire on November 9, 2020. However, the situation remains very tense. During this year, about thirty serious violations of the ceasefire by Azerbaijan have been registered, as a result of which there have been casualties on the Armenian side. Civilians were also killed. Armenia is making every effort to establish lasting Armenian peace in the region. However, for this process to be effective, the efforts must be bilateral. Azerbaijan insists on the so-called "corridor" (with Nakhichevan, which is located between Armenia, Turkey and Iran, ed.). Armenia, as a manifestation of goodwill, is ready to hand over all the maps of minefields located in the region, but Azerbaijan, despite its obligation, does not release the Armenian prisoners of war.


19 November
The Ministry of Defense says that according to its updated information the latest Azerbaijani attack claimed the lives of 6 Armenian troops, reports. “With mediation and participation of the Russian side, intense works continue in the direction of returning those taking captive during the battles and finding the missing. As of 10:00, November 19 the situation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani border is relatively stable and under the control of the Armenian Armed Forces,” the Ministry of Defense said.


18 November
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck an optimistic note speaking about prospects of an Armenian-Azerbaijani settlement as he addressed top diplomats at a meeting in Moscow on Thursday. According to “The latest skirmishes along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border prove that the situation there has not finally calmed down yet. The mission of the Russian peacekeepers [in Nagorno-Karabakh] as guarantors of the ceasefire and the safety of the civilian population is extremely important,” Putin said. In his remarks Putin said that “the role of Russian diplomacy is undoubtedly growing in continuing efforts on settling disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, restoring economic ties in the South Caucasus and unblocking transport corridors.” “We have created a corresponding interstate commission at the level of deputy prime ministers, it is working, and in my opinion, prospects there are not bad. In fact, all countries of the region, including Russia, are interested in the settlement, a long-term settlement of the problem,” the Russian leader added.


17 November
Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed a ceasefire to end a large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenian territory in the worst fighting between the two countries since the end of last year’s Karabakh war. In line with Armenia’s defense ministry announced that at 1pm local time on November 16, Azerbaijani forces launched a major assault on Armenian positions on the country’s eastern border. Azerbaijan television subsequently showed Armenian prisoners being taunted by their Azerbaijani captors. The fighting comes as Azerbaijan continues to push for a ‘Zangezur corridor’ that will provide it land access to the ethnic Azerbaijani Nakhchivan enclave inside Armenia. As part of its pressure, Azerbaijan has closed several Armenian roads that pass through its territory in recent weeks. Armenia had asked Moscow to help defend it after the worst fighting since the 44-day war last year over the ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh enclave inside Azerbaijan that killed at least 6,500 people and in which Azerbaijan reconquered territory surrounding the enclave it had lost during the early 1990s.


16 November
The attack of the Azerbaijani armed forces against the eastern borderline of Armenia is a direct aggression against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, PM Pashinyan said at the extraordinary session of the Security Council. In line with on 16 November at about 13:00, the units of the Azerbaijani armed forces launched an attack in the eastern direction of Armenia’s borderline. The Armed Forces of Armenia took countermeasures. The adversary has suffered significant manpower losses. At least 6 armored vehicles have been destroyed. “We have suffered casualties, and we will provide verified information on the number. We continue to emphasize the need for a peaceful resolution of the situation, all our previous proposals are valid. We are committed to the provisions of the November 9 and January 11 trilateral statements”, PM Pashinyan said. At the beginning of the session the participants of the Security Council meeting honored the memory of the soldiers who fell defending the Motherland with a minute of silence.


15 November
According to IDBank and Idram’s initiative, “The Power of One Dram”, has concluded its’ 6th program and transferred 8.057.944 AMD to the Health Fund for Children of Armenia, which organizes treatment of children with life-threatening diseases abroad. “In the context of revealing the potential of our school communities, I would like to highlight the cooperation between Teach for Armenia Educational Foundation and IDBank. IDBank hereby joins our family of Nation Builders, allowing students from distant communities to have educational equity, and opening up opportunities for themselves and their community thanks to the work of our Teacher-Leaders during their two-year journey,” says Larisa Hovannisian, the Founder and CEO of Teach for Armenia Educational Foundation. “The Power of OneDram” was launched in June 2020 and has carried out 7 programs to date, transferring more than 45 million AMD to various organizations.


14 November
The Azerbaijanis have set up a shack near Chakaten village, but the road is open. I went as normal in the morning, I came back. Ara Harutyunyan, the prefect of Chakaten village of Armenia’s Syunik Province, told this to Armenian "There is nothing yet, they [i.e., the Azerbaijanis] are standing [there] with two people; one armed, the other—not. It's just that it’s not convenient for me to stand, look. I looked as I passed, there was nothing unusual; it was just that shack. There is no panic in the village, but I can’t say we are completely calm," he said. The mayor of Chakaten noted that they do not have an alternative road yet, and what they have is impassable. "They [i.e., the Armenians] have not started the construction yet, they have brought the equipment, they have looked, but it will still take a long time to build a new road, it is definitely not a month's work. If they work very intensively and the weather is favorable, they may finish the construction in 2-3 months," he added.


13 November
Armenia’s Ministry of Defense said on November 13 that Azerbaijani forces opened fire at Armenian positions in the eastern Gegharkunik province shortly after midday. In line with the latest border escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan comes amid rising tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh where one Armenian civilian was killed and three others were wounded by Azerbaijani forces near the Azeri-controlled town of Shushi on November 8. Ethnic Armenian authorities in Stepanakert condemned the attack against whom they said were utility workers repairing a water pipe. An Armenian person threw an explosive device at an Azerbaijani checkpoint near Shushi early on November 13. Russian peacekeepers detained the man and handed him over to the ethnic Armenian authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh.



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