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Rustam Muradov said he was leaving, and Russian troops would remain for another four years

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Former commander of the peacekeeping forces in the Russian zone of responsibility in Karabakh, Lieutenant-General Rustam Muradov positively assessed the work in this region. He said this to TASS at a meeting with participants of the All-Russian patriotic action 'Watch of Heroes of the Fatherland' in Makhachkala.

It is noteworthy that the TASS agency also calls Rustam Muradov the former commander of the peacekeeping forces in Karabakh, noting that Major-General Mikhail Kosobokov has been appointed the commander of the Russian peacekeeping mission in the region. This message is surprising, since the Russian Ministry of Defence has not officially announced the rotation.

'I assess the activities of the peacekeeping mission of Russia only positively. There are, of course, very complex issues, but the process is underway -- the return of people, the solution of a number of problematic issues. Therefore, I think everything will be fine,' said Muradov.

He added that the Russian peacekeepers will stay in the territory of Karabakh for five years after the conflict. 'The first five years are according to the agreement signed by the heads of the three states. Subsequently, a decision should be made on the further extension of the Russian peacekeeping contingent,' he added.

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