Russian peacekeepers delivered a shipment of humanitarian aid to Stepanakert city in Nagorno-Karabakh region, which witnessed a military escalation between Azerbaijan and Armenia last fall, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Thursday.
In a statement, the ministry stated that the peacekeepers had transferred medical equipment and supplies collected by Russian charitable organizations, in addition to books, to a local school.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has welcomed the efforts made to reach a permanent political settlement to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister (PM) Nicol Pashinyan today, Blinken underlined the importance of the U.S.-Armenia bilateral partnership.
“Glad to speak with Armenian Prime Minister Nicol Pashinyan,” U.S. Secretary of State tweeted following the phone call.
“Armenia is an important partner, and we encourage its democratic development. We welcome efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he added.
Last November, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia signed an agreement to end the military conflict over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
It follows six weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians.