Question: How would you comment the statement made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the Russian peacekeeping contingent, authorized under the Trilateral Statement to control movement along the Lachin Corridor, has all the possibilities to conduct vehicle checks?
Answer: In accordance with the Trilateral statement of 9 November 2020, the Lachin Corridor shall be under the control and protection of the Russian peacekeeping contingent. Thus, it is the Russian peacekeeping contingent that is authorized by the Trilateral Statement to control movement along the Lachin Corridor. There is no doubt that the Russian peacekeeping contingent has all the necessary capabilities, including technical, to conduct vehicle checks in order to ensure the safe functioning of the corridor.
At the same time, it should be noted that, according to the Trilateral statement, Azerbaijan shall guarantee the security of movement along the Lachin Corridor of persons, vehicles and cargo in both directions without any restrictions.