BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained on Friday why Moscow accepted Baku’s apology for the downed Mi-24.

Peskov said in an interview with RT: “This is really a catastrophe, this is a tragedy, two of our soldiers were killed. In this case, it is clear that the immediate reaction of the President of Azerbaijan and the announcement of readiness to conduct an impartial investigation and punish the guilty made us accept an apology.”

He added that this was an important move that deescalated the tensions following the downing of the Mi-24 choppers.

A Russian Mi-24 was shot down on November 9th in Armenian airspace outside the combat zone. Two crew members were killed, and another person was wounded.

Baku admitted that the incident was an accident, and apologized and was willing to pay compensation.

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal case under the heading of “failure to serve”. In turn, Russian investigators opened a criminal case under the article “Violating or preparing for flight rules.”

The incident occurred during the escalation in Karabakh, but it did not prevent Armenia and Azerbaijan, with Russian mediation, from concluding a ceasefire agreement on the 10th of November.

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Hayton
Hayton
2020-11-14 06:24

Russia has played a bad hand rather well. It has a defence pact with Armenia, but Nagorno-Karabakh is not a part of Armenia. Giving direct military support to the Armenians in the enclave was never an option, although there are rumours that they had a unit in Armenia engaged in anti-drone warfare. Sending heavy reinforcements to Armenia would have meant going through, or overflying, Georgia – and since 2008 Georgia has been no friend of Russia. The Russians used political and diplomatic pressure to get the Armenians to agree to a settlement, which will hold for a while – less… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-13 18:20

A pity! Russia could have used it as a casus belli! They can gain air superiority over Azerbaijan within 15-30 minutes then do a Gaddafi to Alyev without deploying boots. All they need is to hunt vehicles and Armenians can finish the job on the ground, just like Kurds did on ISIS with western air support, pfff

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-13 18:40

Armenians that are forced to leave thanks to Russia’s treason, are burning their houses so Azeri invaders can’t reuse Armenian homes!

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Angel Libralesso
2020-11-14 13:23

No you are just filthy coward traitors that leave Armenia alone at the hands of the terrorists kebabs ( turkey , Azerbaijan ) and the terrorist enemies of humanity k i k e s from Israel.