American analysts believe that Russia will not provide so-called "peacekeepers" to participate in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Karabakh.
This is stated in a recent report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian military is in contact with Armenian and Azerbaijani officials "at the highest level." Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova issued a general statement in which she called on "all parties" to stop the bloodshed, claiming that the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh continues to carry out its tasks, and called the trilateral Russian-Armenian-Azerbaijani agreements signed in 2020 and 2022 a path to peace," the report says.
These statements by Russian high-ranking officials indicate that Russia "quickly gave a signal" that it would not interfere in the armed confrontation, analysts say.
Meanwhile, a "blogger" associated with the Kremlin claims that "the Russian peacekeeping contingent does not have any protocols on the use of force or rules of warfare in Karabakh, instead acting on the basis of the peace agreement of November 2020."
"The Russian military is unlikely to give priority to 'peacekeeping operations' in Karabakh against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine," the ISW assures.
On September 19, Azerbaijan launched a military operation in Karabakh. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on President Ilham Aliyev to immediately cease hostilities in the South Caucasus.
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