According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin, the Russian government will engage in discussions concerning the conditions of deployment of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh exclusively with Baku. The Deputy Minister made this comment amidst the changing dynamics in the region.
Galuzin elaborated, “Given the significant shift in the situation in Karabakh, the terms and conditions of our peacekeepers’ deployment are a matter of discussion solely with the Azerbaijani side. This is in view of the fact that Azerbaijan is the primary affected party and thus, the main stakeholder in the peacekeeping process.”
When questioned about the potential extension of the mandate of the Russian peacekeeping contingent beyond November 2025, Galuzin expressed that such a decision would be contingent on several factors. These include the prevailing circumstances in the region at that point in time, the perceived necessity of their continued presence there and, most importantly, the mutual agreements reached with Baku.
The Deputy Minister also took this opportunity to assert Russia’s readiness to assist in ensuring the safe return of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh if they so desire. He underlined that Russia’s primary goal is to maintain peace and stability in the region, and providing support to the displaced Armenian population is a part of this commitment.