On Tuesday Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed a cease fire to end fighting over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The agreement followed several weeks of increasingly violent fighting which threatened to expand beyond the enclave to Armenian or Azerbaijani territory, creating a serious escalation. Such an escalation may have dragged Russia and Turkey, which support Armenia and Azerbaijan respectively, into the conflict.
In a provocative statement Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said the ceasefire was “essentially a capitulation” by Armenia, with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan calling the agreement "incredibly painful both for me and both for our people”.
Shortly after the announcement of the agreement, protesters in Armenia held a demonstration briefly occupying the parliament building.
Nagorno-Karabakh has been the cause of tension and occasional military clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan ever since the break-up of the Soviet Union