The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 15 Armenian soldiers in custody were handed over in return for giving maps of minefields in the Aghdam region of Armenia.
In the statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, it was stated that 15 Armenian soldiers detained in the country were handed over to the Armenian side in exchange for maps of the minefields in the Aghdam region.
Map of 97 thousand mines
The statement said, “In line with the agreement reached, 15 Armenians, who were previously detained, were handed over to the Armenian side in exchange for the maps of 97 thousand anti-personnel and anti-tank mines placed in the Agdam region on 12 June.”
The statement also noted that the exchange took place on the Azerbaijan-Georgia border, in the presence of Georgian representatives.
Pashinyan confirmed that 15 Armenian prisoners have returned to Armenia
Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also confirmed the return of 15 Armenian soldiers captured in Azerbaijan after the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in autumn 2020.
Pashinyan, who made the statement in the Gegharkunik region, said: I have good news. 15 of our captured brothers are returning to their homeland. They are on their way right now, I will explain in more detail when they arrive in Armenia.”
Russian Foreign Affairs: We welcome the surrender of 15 soldiers to Armenia
Spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mariya Zakharova also made a statement on the subject and stated that Moscow welcomes the handing over of the 15 Armenian soldiers in custody to the Armenian side.
Making the statement on the Telegram channel, Zaharova said, “This is a long-awaited great news. We welcome such steps by the parties.”
As a result of the explosion of the mine laid by Armenia in Kelbajar during the occupation, 2 journalists, 3 Azerbaijanis lost their lives and 4 people were injured. The Azerbaijani army announced that it had cleared more than 35 thousand mines in an area of 100 million square meters, but the loss of life due to mines could not be prevented.
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