The Russian presidency (the Kremlin) announced that Moscow is fulfilling its obligations within the framework of the agreements with Baku and Yerevan regarding the Karabakh region and is doing hard work with Azerbaijan and Armenia.
“Russia, as one of the parties to the tripartite agreements and documents, which were signed two years ago, continues to fulfill its obligations and continues the very painstaking and complex work with both Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Dmitry Peskov, a press spokesman for the Russian presidency, told reporters on Tuesday.
The US State Department had announced earlier that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called, during a phone call to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, to redouble efforts in bilateral peace talks with Armenia and immediately open the Lachin corridor to restore commercial shipping and reduce the risks of a humanitarian crisis.
It is noteworthy that the Russian Ministry of Defense announced last December that the Azerbaijani side closed the “Stepanakert – Goris” road, which is the only highway linking Karabakh with Armenia, noting that the leadership of the Russian peacekeeping unit is negotiating with representatives of Azerbaijan regarding the resumption of civil transport movement in this direction without obstructions.
On the other hand, the press spokesman for the Russian presidency did not rule out that Kyiv made an attempt to assassinate the founder of the “Wagner” group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, pointing out that the Kyiv forces pose a threat to the security of Russian citizens.
Peskov told reporters, in response to a question about whether the Kremlin was aware of the plans of the Ukrainian president and the American intelligence to assassinate Prigozhin: “The Kremlin does not possess such information, as the assassinations belong to the Ukrainian security services,” noting that Ukraine is involved in many brutal assassinations, including Assassination of Russian journalist Daria Dugina.
Peskov stressed that these assassination attempts have become a threat to the security of Russian citizens.
The Russian journalist, Daria Dugina, was killed on August 20, 2022, in a car explosion on the “Mogaysk” highway in the “Odintsovo” district of Moscow Governorate.
And the Russian Federal Security Service announced that the Ukrainian security services were behind the assassination of Dugina, explaining that the killer was Ukrainian citizen Natalia Vovk.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian forces began to use at least one of the three British “Westland Sea King” helicopters that London granted to Kyiv earlier in the field.
And the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Oleksiy Reznikov, announced the start of his forces operating the British helicopter in his official account on Twitter, and attached it to footage of one of the helicopters marked with a huge and prominent sign indicating its affiliation with the Ukrainian army.
“The King of the Seas has arrived from the UK to his new kingdom near the Black Sea in Ukraine! It (the helicopter) is a strong reinforcement of the Ukrainian Navy, and our cooperation will continue to increase. Thank you Ben Wallace (UK Defense Secretary) We guarantee the security of the seas and lands throughout all of Europe.
The military magazine “Jeans” said that the news of the arrival of British helicopters to Ukraine came two months after British Defense Secretary Wallace disclosed in November 2022 his country’s intention to transfer Royal Navy helicopters to Ukraine, and that 10 Ukrainian crews were trained on this type of helicopter.
And it reported that it was the first operation in which Britain sent warplanes piloted by pilots to Ukraine, while it had previously granted it many unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).
Although the British Royal Navy originally used the “Sea Kings” for anti-submarine missions, it is likely that the Ukrainian Navy will use them to transport soldiers and equipment, and for field search and rescue operations. According to the magazine concerned with military affairs.