Citizens in Artsakh are holding a protest in Stepanakert’s Renaissance Square demanding the immediate opening of Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Artsakh with Armenia and the rest of the world. Artsakh of Tomorrow party president Tigran Petrosyan, one of the initiators of the protest, said that the demonstrators will march to the Stepanakert Memorial to honor the fallen troops of the Artsakh wars and then to the checkpoint of the Russian peacekeeping contingent on the Stepanakert-Shushi road to demand them to disperse the Azerbaijanis blocking the corridor. “Why with them, because we have the trilateral statement signed on November 9, where clear obligations are put on the parties, and today it is clearly seen that the two sides aren’t implementing or are unable to implement their obligations. Azerbaijan is violating clause 6 of the statement, while Russia has the obligation to guarantee the security of the Lachin Corridor, which it doesn’t or is unable to do,” Petrosyan said.
Earlier on December 23, another group of citizens were on their way from Stepanakert to Shushi to confront the Azeris posing as environmentalists who are blocking the road and present counter-arguments to their fake claims, however the Russian peacekeepers barred them from moving forward.