Moscow, Russia – The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) welcomes the cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas told reporters on Wednesday, TASS reports.

“We positively assess the very fact of the cessation of hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This became possible after the signing of the corresponding statement by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia on November 9. We welcome all actions that lead to the establishment of peace in the region and an end to the bloodshed. The CSTO has repeatedly called on the conflicting parties to return to the ceasefire regime and the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict exclusively through peaceful negotiations, ”he said.

Stanislav Zas also positively assessed the decision to bring the Russian peacekeeping contingent into the conflict zone. “We believe that the deployment of Russian peacekeepers is a significant deterrent to the non-use of force by the conflicting parties. We remind again that the solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is possible only by political and diplomatic methods, ”the CSTO Secretary General noted.

Recall that on November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a statement declaring a complete ceasefire and all hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone from 00:00 Moscow time on November 10 2020. Azerbaijan and Armenia stop at their positions.

The peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation is deployed along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with the Republic of Armenia. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas under the control of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The exchange of prisoners of war, other detained persons and bodies of the dead is carried out.

The Republic of Armenia guarantees the safety of transport links between the western regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic in order to organize the unimpeded movement of citizens, vehicles and goods in both directions. Transport control is exercised by the bodies of the Border Guard Service of the FSB of Russia.