Deal reached to open roads to Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region

Ethnic Armenian authorities in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed on Saturday to let in aid shipments from Baku-held territory for the first time in decades, in return for the restoration of road links to Armenia.

Armenia's Armenpress state news agency cited the Karabakh local authorities as saying that they had granted access to shipments of Russian goods to the region through the town of Askeran, referring to a Karabakh town close to the frontline with Azerbaijan.

"At the same time, an agreement has been reached to restore humanitarian shipments by the Russian peacekeepers and the International Committee of the Red Cross along the Lachin Corridor," the Armenpress report said, referring to the area through which the road linking Karabakh to Armenia passes.

It said the move was driven by "severe humanitarian problems" in the blockaded region.

(Cover: Police officers (R) are seen during a protest in Kornidzor on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border calling for measures to forcefully unblock the Lachin Corridor to supply Armenian humanitarian aid for Nagorno Karabakh. /CFP)

(With input from Reuters)

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