Azerbaijan and Armenia agree full ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree full ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Agreement is seen as victory for Baku and will be monitored by Russian forces

Armenia and Azerbaijan have signed a ceasefire agreement to end the war for control of Nagorno-Karabakh that will deploy Russian peacekeepers in the disputed Caucasus territory after more than six weeks of conflict.

The truce, which follows the capture of a strategically decisive city by Azeri forces, represents a major military victory for Baku, cementing its large territorial gains and raising questions about the future of the Armenia-controlled enclave.

Thousands have been killed and more displaced by intense fighting in the mountainous region and its surroundings this year. The region is internationally recognised as Azerbaijani territory but is populated by ethnic Armenians and has been controlled by a Yerevan-backed administration since the early 1990s.

The decades-long dispute erupted into open conflict in late September, with Azerbaijan vowing to recapture all of the occupied territories. Baku has the strong support of Turkey, while Russia, the dominant geopolitical power in the region, sought to remain neutral even as multiple ceasefire agreements negotiated by Moscow failed.