ArmInfo. The command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, in cooperation with the Russian Foreign Ministry, is in constant contact with all interested parties, and active efforts are being continued to normalize the situation. This was announced on January 27 during a briefing by official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, referring to the current situation in the Lachin Corridor.
"Unlike other players who limit themselves to de-escalation statements, the Russian side on the ground is looking for real solutions and provides humanitarian assistance. Therefore, we call for the complete unblocking of the Lachin Corridor in accordance with the statement of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on November 9, 2020, and we appeal to Baku and Yerevan to show political will to resolve existing differences," the Russian diplomat said.
Regarding the prospects for organizing a trilateral meeting between representatives of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Zakharova noted that Moscow reaffirms its readiness to organize a meeting at the level of the heads of foreign affairs ministries in Moscow, under the auspices of Sergei Lavrov. She noted that Moscow informed both Yerevan and Baku about it. "We believe that the ongoing disagreements on the ground should not become an obstacle, a reason to freeze the negotiation process. It is necessary to resume work on all tracks of the normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations, including the unblocking of transport communications, the delimitation of the border, the conclusion of a peace treaty and contacts through civil society," she said. Since December 12, 2022, for 47 days now, the Azerbaijani side, under a far-fetched environmental pretext, blocked the only road connecting Artsakh with the outside world. The population of the NKR has been in a blockade for the second month, deprived of basic means of subsistence. All this is happening against the backdrop of the tacit encouragement of the civilized community of these inhumane actions of Azerbaijan. Since January 9, Artsakh has been deprived of the opportunity to receive electricity from Armenia, due to the destructive actions of Azerbaijan. Rolling blackouts occur on a daily basis in the republic.
Moreover, from noon on January 12, the enemy side also interrupted the communication cable that provides the country's population with Internet and telephone communications. It was restored only on January 14, thanks to the efforts of Russian peacekeepers. We also add that on January 17, around noon, the enemy side stopped the gas supply to Artsakh. By the evening, through negotiations, it was possible to restore the gas supply to the NKR. However, on the morning of January 18, it was stopped again.. Gas supply, with a low level of pressure, was resumed on the evening of January 20, and on January 22 it was again stopped. Gas supply was resumed on the evening of 26 January