Russia reinforces border guards in Armenia after Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has sent troops to reinforce its border guards in Armenia and secure a peace settlement with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Federal Security Service head said on Friday.

The deployment was made at the request of Armenia to maintain peace in Nagorno-Karabakh, FSS chief Alexander Bortnikov told Russian President at a conference via videolink.

The mission involves 188 servicemen and military hardware.

Russian border guards stayed in Armenia after the collapse of the Soviet Union under terms of a 1992 treaty between the two countries.

Russia deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh in the last two weeks after a peace deal that halted six weeks of fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces, locking in place territorial gains by Azerbaijan.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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