The Russian army began a military exercise on 16 October 2020 in the Caspian Sea, north of the Abşeron peninsula, near the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
This “exercise” comprises six warships, seven aircraft and 400 special forces men. Four of the ships, frigates Dagestan and Tatarstan and corvettes Uglich and Veliky Ustyug, are equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles.
These maneuvers do not pose a threat to neighboring states, the Russian Defense Ministry pointed out.
Last week, talks were held between the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia with the aim of reaching a Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement.
The Moscow meeting resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire that came into force on 10 October. However, the ceasefire did not hold. A new truce has since been agreed upon.
It came into effect at midnight, local time, on Saturday, 17 October (20:00 GMT), but both sides have reported violations.
Russia is raising the issue of mercenaries from Syria and Libya, who are taking part in the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict, in its contacts with Turkey, and stresses that it is unacceptable to get them involved.
Over 1,000 militants from Syria were deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh last Friday, a source told Sputnik, adding that one more group of mercenaries would soon leave for the conflict-torn region.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev says his country’s military has taken control of several settlements in the south-western Jabrayil District, along the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact.
The armed forces of Azerbaijan have liberated the villages … of the Jabrayil District from occupation, Aliyev wrote on Twitter on Monday morning, accusing Armenia of grossly violating the ceasefire.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2020.