Ilham Aliyev Ilham Aliyev announced the deployment of Azerbaijani troops in Lachin
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced the deployment of Azerbaijani troops in the city of Lachin in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the transfer of control of two nearby villages – Zabukh and Sus. He tweeted about it.
“On this occasion, I congratulate all the inhabitants of Lachin and the people of Azerbaijan,” Aliyev said.
These settlements are part of the Lachin Corridor, the only land road which connects Armenia with the self-proclaimed Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement signed after the end of the war in the region in 2020, the Lachin region came under the control of Baku, and the corridor came under the supervision of Russian peacekeepers.
Yerevan and Baku agreed to build a new road between Armenia and Karabakh. Peacekeepers were supposed to move there, while Lachin, Sus and Zabukh were to go to Azerbaijan. Some time ago, Baku reported on the completion of the construction of its section of the highway to bypass Lachin. The Azerbaijani authorities accused Yerevan of deliberately delaying the construction, Meduza notes.
Earlier this month, the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh called on the residents of Ahavno (Zabukh) and Berdzor (Lachin) to leave their homes by August 25. Most of the residents have already left the settlements. They told Current Time that the government was offering them compensation for resettlement.
Until 2020, there were two roads in the region that provided a land connection between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia – through the Lachin and Kelbajar regions. After the signing of a tripartite agreement with the participation of Russia in November 2020, the Kelbajar region completely passed to Azerbaijan and lost its transit function.