Yerevan, Armenia – Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that hundreds of Armenian soldiers were missing because of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, and that some of the soldiers may be alive. Pashinyan also said that calls for his resignation by the country’s opposition were not on his agenda. “my agenda is only to ensure the stability and security of the country.” said.
After the agreement signed between Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on November 9, which ended the 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia continues to withdraw from the occupied territories. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who was heavily defeated by Azerbaijan and was the target of criticism in his country after the agreement, repeatedly makes statements.
“We hope that some of them are alive, ” Pashinyan said at a press conference today, noting that hundreds of Armenian soldiers were missing in the battle in Karabakh. We found a wounded soldier who had been reported dead earlier yesterday,” he said. Pashinyan said that the exchange of prisoners will also begin after the two sides complete the exchange of funerals for those killed in the conflict, adding that a day of national mourning will be declared in Armenia after all the funerals are returned.
Pashinyan, who stated that Armenia was responsible for the defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh, said: “I understand that I am responsible for the situation. So if I have to go to court, I can., “he said.
Asked about calls for his resignation in the country and whether he would take a step in this direction, Pashinyan said: “My agenda is only to ensure the stability and security of the country.” said.
Pashinyan asked him, “were different agreements offered to Armenia during different periods of the war?”he answered the question as follows:
“No, different documents were not presented. The logic for the granting of territories, including pre-war Shusha, to Azerbaijan continued. This has been the case since 2016. The Armenian side had to postpone these proposals. If we had agreed to give up the land in question, we could have prevented the war, but we chose to fight.”
In a statement, the Armenian Ministry of Justice said that more than 2,300 Armenian soldiers were killed in the clashes.
According to the agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia, a thousand 960 Russian peacekeepers will be located on the contact line in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Lachin corridor. Russia has announced that about a thousand troops have been sent to the region with 168 thousand military equipment so far.
General Rustam Muradov, commander of the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh, said yesterday that the sides had adhered to the ceasefire and that the situation in the war zone had stabilized.