Russian Border Guards Withdraw from Armenia while France Recalls Ambassador from Azerbaijan

Russian border guards are set to withdraw from their positions in Armenia’s Tavush region, adjacent to Azerbaijan, announced Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The establishment of these posts dates back to 2021.

Armenian officials also reportedly agreed to return four villages to Azerbaijan and informed Moscow that Armenian forces will soon operate alone at Zvartnots International Airport, pending Russian review.

Concurrently, Russia confirmed the phased withdrawal of its peacekeeping troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

These announcements come as Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to address their disputes at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, where Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of “ethnic cleansing” in Nagorno-Karabakh.

In related diplomatic developments, France recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan, citing unilateral actions by Baku that have deteriorated Franco-Azerbaijani relations.