“Yesterday, the Armenian society was thrilled about the return of 15 of our brothers. … Yesterday I said that the maps of minefields were transferred to Azerbaijan … A substantial, but a small part of the maps of minefields was handed over”, Pashinyan said at a rally in the city of Yeghvard.
Earlier this week, the Azerbaijani media, citing the country’s Foreign Ministry, reported that Baku had returned 15 Armenian soldiers to Yerevan in exchange for maps of 97,000 mines planted in the Agdam region. Speaking at a campaign rally in Armenia’s Gegharkunik Region ahead of the general election, Pashinyan confirmed the exchange.
On Saturday, Russia and the United States welcomed Azerbaijan’s decision to hand over 15 soldiers to Armenia in exchange for maps.
The release of the Armenian soldiers took place on the Azerbaijani-Georgian border with the assistance of Tbilisi officials.