Authorities in Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to recognize the territorial integrity of each other. This statement was made during the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow on May 25.
«We have reached an agreement and I think it’s safe to say that we are on our way to the settlement of our relations,» Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said.
In turn, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also confirmed that his country has no territorial claims to Armenia.
«Given that Armenia has recognized Karabakh as a part of Azerbaijan we have a solid ground now for the settlement of our bilateral relations,» Aliyev underlined.
On May 22, Pashinyan said that Armenia is ready to recognize Nagorny Karaback as a part of Azerbaijan if there is no threat to ethnic Armenians in the region.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been fighting for Nagorny Karabakh since 1988 when the local Armenians declared the region’s independence from Azerbaijan. On September 27, 2020, the situation rapidly escalated once again. In April 2022, Azerbaijan hit Armenian armed forces in the region with its rocket systems.
In March 2023, the Azerbaijani military entered the area of responsibility of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorny Karabakh and struck the armed forces of the self-proclaimed republic with the help of Bayraktar TB-2 in the vicinity of the Farukh settlement.
At the time, Armenia even appealed to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and asked for collective help.