Azerbaijan and Armenia held the first exchange of prisoners according to the "all for all" formula. The exchange took place under the control of Russian peacekeepers. This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
As reported in the military department, for two weeks the commander of the Russian peacekeeping group, Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov, conducted intensive negotiations with Baku and Yerevan, discussing the exchange of prisoners. The main task was to conduct an "all-for-all" exchange.
On Monday, the Russian military handed over 12 people to the Azerbaijani side, and 44 people to the Armenian side. All former prisoners were taken by the Aerospace Forces planes to Baku and Yerevan, respectively.
As a result of the agreements reached, on December 14, the exchange of prisoners of war took place. The commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces personally handed over 12 people to the Azerbaijani side and 44 people to the Armenian side. The commander of the Russian peacekeeping contingent flew them home to Baku and Yerevan, respectively, by plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
- said the official representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov.
The commander of the group, Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov added that the Russian peacekeepers will continue to carry out their assigned tasks in the zone of responsibility.
Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated about the agreement reached on the exchange of prisoners according to the "all for all" formula. According to him, this was achieved during trilateral negotiations with the participation of Russian peacekeepers. Moreover, it was emphasized that not only servicemen captured during the last conflict, but also those captured earlier, fell under the exchange.