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Two Il-76 planes with military medics leave for Nagorno-Karabakh

Two Il-76 military transport planes with medics of the Eastern Military District have left for Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.

“The first two Il-76 planes redeploying a special-purpose medical group of the Eastern Military District to the area of accomplishing tasks in Nagorno-Karabakh have left Khabarovsk-Novy Airport,” the statement reads.

Overall, military transport planes will airlift 122 personnel, 54 motor and special vehicles and 66 tonnes of supplies to Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported.

The military medics have been sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to provide medical assistance to Russian peacekeepers and local residents, the statement says.

“The group comprises doctors and nursing and junior medical staff who will be constantly ready to provide first medical, professional and specialized medical aid,” Russia’s Defense Ministry reported.

The medical group earlier performed a march from its permanent base to Khabarovsk-Novy Airport.

Russia’s peacekeeping mission

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting from November 10.

The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian forces would maintain the positions that they had held and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh is comprised of units from the 15th separate motor rifle (peacekeeping) brigade of the Central Military District.

The Russian peacekeepers have set up observation posts along the engagement line in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor that connects Armenia with the enclave to exercise control of the ceasefire observance. The peacekeeping mission’s command is stationed in the area of Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh. The situation is being monitored around the clock.

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan believes that Russian peacekeepers will stay in Nagorno-Karabakh for more than five years.

“True, five years may be enough to create guarantees of security and stability in the region. But the Karabakh conflict is a prolonged one, so I do not believe that the presence of Russian peacekeepers will be confined to one five-year period,” Pashinyan told TASS in an interview.

Header:Russian peacekeepers check their equipment in front of 12th-13th century Orthodox Dadivank Monastery, outside the town of Kalbajar, Azerbaijan, November 15, 2020. (AFP)

Source: TASS