State Security Service following ongoing processes within Latvian society in connection with conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

  • 2020-10-11
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The State Security Service (VDD) continues to monitor information on the development of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, as well as "obtains information on the ongoing processes within Latvian society in connection with the mentioned conflict in accordance with its competence," the VDD told LETA.

Taking into account the specifics of the service, the VDD will not provide any further comments at the moment, therefore it is not known whether Latvian nationals are in some way participating in the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which would be a criminal offense with a maximum penalty of 10-years in jail.

The AFP news agency reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Saturday to a ceasefire and to begin "substantive talks" over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh after nearly two weeks of fierce clashes.

Bitter fighting in the Caucasus region has claimed hundreds of lives, forced thousands to flee, and stirred fears of a full-blown war that could suck in regional powers Turkey and Russia.

Speaking after 11 hours of Moscow-mediated talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the warring sides had agreed to a ceasefire from "12 hours 00 minutes on October 10 on humanitarian grounds."

It was not immediately clear whether the pause in fighting would come into effect at noon in Moscow or the local time in Karabakh.

During the ceasefire -- mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross -- the parties will exchange bodies and prisoners, Lavrov said, reading from a statement.

"Concrete parameters of the ceasefire will be agreed separately," the statement added.

Renewed fighting over Karabakh -- an ethnic Armenian region of Azerbaijan that broke from Baku's control in a devastating war in the early 1990s -- has claimed some 400 lives and forced thousands of people from their homes.

The heavy clashes erupted late last month, with both sides blaming the other for the biggest outbreak in violence since a 1994 ceasefire left the status of Karabakh in limbo.