Nagorno-Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in humanitarian aid for conflict-affected civilians

Nagorno-Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in humanitarian aid for conflict-affected civilians

The Commission has announced today €3 million in humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the recent large scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, including a significant number of displaced people. Since the beginning of the hostilities in September 2020, the EU has mobilised a total of €6.9 million in humanitarian assistance. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: "Following the cessation of hostilities, the humanitarian crisis in the region remains dire and is currently exacerbated by the harsh winter and the coronavirus pandemic. The EU is stepping up its support for the conflict-affected population in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. It will help provide emergency…
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Russia says all Azeri captives returned under Karabakh deal

Russia says all Azeri captives returned under Karabakh deal

Armenia has returned all Azeri prisoners who were captured during last year's conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, but the process with Armenian prisoners has been held up, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. The six-week conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh was brought to a halt in November by a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement under which Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces were expected to exchange all captives. Armenia has said that many of its prisoners of war remain in Azerbaijan, a problem it has raised with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group. Lavrov said that Armenia did not immediately present a full list of captives it sought, which slowed down the process. Azerbaijan has received all the people it…
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Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for deadly post-ceasefire clashes

Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for deadly post-ceasefire clashes

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - Clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have killed four Azeri servicemen in recent weeks, Azerbaijan's defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first report of casualties since a Russian-brokered ceasefire accord. Separately, authorities in Armenia said six of their servicemen had been wounded in what they described as an Azeri military offensive that took place on Saturday. The Baku government said the clashes, which also left two Azeri servicemen wounded, had taken place in an area that fell under its control when the fighting ended on Nov. 10 and territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians was…
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Azerbaijan says 2,783 of its soldiers killed in Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan says 2,783 of its soldiers killed in Karabakh conflict

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 2,783 of its soldiers were killed during its conflict with ethnic Armenian forces over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and that more than 100 of its troops were still missing.  Azerbaijan had until now not disclosed any of its military losses in the conflict that erupted on Sept. 27 and came to a halt on Nov. 10 when a Russian-brokered peace deal ushered in a ceasefire.  Swathes of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan, whose forces had captured territory including areas that Baku lost in an…
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Turkey, Russia discuss involving other countries in Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts

Turkey, Russia discuss involving other countries in Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a Russia-brokered ceasefire on Nov. 10 that halted six weeks of clashes in the mountain enclave, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is mainly populated by ethnic Armenians.  Russian peacekeepers have been deployed in the enclave under the ceasefire deal, which locked in Azeri advances. Turkey has no peacekeepers there but has signed an agreement with Russia to set up a joint centre to…
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Nagorno Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in emergency aid for civilians affected by the hostilities

Nagorno Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in emergency aid for civilians affected by the hostilities

The Commission has announced an additional €3 million in humanitarian support to ensure critical assistance to the civilians most affected by the conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh. This funding comes on top of €900,000 allocated since early October when the hostilities started. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: "The EU continues to stand by all the civilian population affected by the conflict. We are sending additional humanitarian assistance. I welcome the cessation of hostilities, which should prevent further human suffering. Nevertheless, I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation of the vulnerable people who are displaced and will have to…
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Putin tells Azerbaijan to take care of Christian shrines in Nagorno-Karabakh

Putin tells Azerbaijan to take care of Christian shrines in Nagorno-Karabakh

Russia's President Vladimir Putin told his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev to take care of Christian shrines in parts of Nagorno-Karabakh that Azerbaijan gets under this week's ceasefire agreement, the Kremlin said. Russia brokered a ceasefire on Tuesday that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan around the ethnic Armenian region, where Azeri troops have been battling ethnic Armenian forces over the past six weeks. Putin told Aliyev there were Christian churches and monasteries in areas of the enclave, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated by ethnic Armenians, that Azerbaijan obtains under the ceasefire deal. "In this respect, he (Putin) underscored…
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Armenia declares no-fly zone in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia declares no-fly zone in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

The Armenian defence ministry declared a no-fly zone in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, except for military aircraft, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Thursday. Thousands of protesters on Wednesday gathered in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, demanding Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan step down over a ceasefire that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, the subject of six weeks of fighting. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday diplomats from France and the United States were expected in Moscow soon to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Russia has brokered a ceasefire that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, where Azeri troops have…
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Erdogan tells Putin that Armenia must negotiate over Nagorno-Karabakh

Erdogan tells Putin that Armenia must negotiate over Nagorno-Karabakh

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday that Armenia must be convinced to negotiate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan and called for a peaceful resolution, the Turkish Presidency said. At least 1,000 people have died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians. Erdogan has previously said Turkey and Russia could work together to solve the conflict. In a statement, the presidency said Erdogan told Putin in a phone call that Armenia must withdraw from Azeri lands…
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Nagorno-Karabakh says its two largest cities under fierce attack

Nagorno-Karabakh says its two largest cities under fierce attack

Three residents of Nagorno-Karabakh’s largest city were killed during overnight shelling by Azeri forces, the enclave’s ethnic Armenian-controlled Emergency and Rescue Service said on Friday, as the battle for control of its major settlements intensified. Azerbaijan denied the reports of shelling in Stepanakert. Two independent observers said fighting appeared to be moving deeper into the enclave, with Azeri troops stepping up attacks on its biggest two cities. At least 1,000 people - and possibly many more - have died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated…
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Russia to ‘assist’ Armenia if conflict spreads beyond Nagorno-Karabakh

Russia to ‘assist’ Armenia if conflict spreads beyond Nagorno-Karabakh

Russia would be prepared to render "all necessary assistance" to treaty partner Armenia if the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict expanded to Armenian territory, Russia's Foreign Ministry declared. Overnight, Armenia and Azerbaijan had again accused each other of shelling residential areas of the separatist Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh — internationally recognized as lying within Azerbaijan. That followed a fourth ceasefire bid, negotiated Friday in Geneva via the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). A woman grieves for a victims of the military conflict in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in front of the Armenian Embassy in Moscow, Russia. EPA-EFE/MAXIM SHIPENKOV At those…
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Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to defuse Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to defuse Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Friday to urgent steps after talks to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh where hundreds have been killed in more than a month of fighting, a statement by major powers said. The ministers, who met in Geneva, agreed to not deliberately target civilian populations, engage in exchange of bodies on the battlefield, and provide lists of detained prisoners of war within a week with the aim of eventual exchange, said the statement by envoys from Russia, France and the United States. Armenia and Azerbaijan - whose three ceasefires have failed to halt…
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EU says escalating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ‘unacceptable’

EU says escalating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ‘unacceptable’

The European Union said an escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was "unacceptable" and called for new peace talks as Armenia and Azerbaijan once more traded accusations of shelling in and around the mountain enclave on Thursday. The office of Nagorno-Karabakh's human rights ombudsman said more than a dozen shells had fallen on Stepanakert, the enclave's largest city, a day after a maternity hospital there was struck. Two civilians were wounded. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in a statement that Armenia had fired at its military units and civilian settlements along the front line, and that the Azeri settlements of Terter and…
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More civilians killed as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict deepens

More civilians killed as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict deepens

Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of killing civilians by shelling cities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday, in an escalation of a month-long conflict over the mountain enclave that has defied three ceasefires. Azerbaijan said 21 people were killed when Armenian shells hit the town of Barda, northeast of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian-backed officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said Azeri shells had fallen on the enclave’s two largest cities, killing one person. Both sides denied each other’s claims. A view of a crater after allegedly Azerbaijani shelling in the town of Shushi (another spelling Shusha) in Nagorno-Karabakh, 28 October 2020. EPA-EFE/HAYK BAGHDASARYAN /PHOTOLURE…
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Azerbaijan says Armenian forces violate ceasefire, Nagorno-Karabakh denies

Azerbaijan says Armenian forces violate ceasefire, Nagorno-Karabakh denies

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said on Monday that Armenian forces violated a ceasefire agreed on Sunday and shelled villages in Terter and Lachin regions. Nagorno-Karabakh defence ministry said it was "misinformation" and said that Azeri forces had launched a missile attack on Armenian military positions on the north-eastern side on the line of contact. The United States on Sunday said a new humanitarian ceasefire will take effect on Monday in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, even as fresh fighting erupted between the two sides. The latest ceasefire is due to take effect at 8 a.m.…
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New fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh dims hopes before Washington talks

New fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh dims hopes before Washington talks

Hopes of ending nearly a month of bloodshed in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh were receding on Thursday as Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces fought new battles on the eve of talks in Washington. Plans for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Friday raised hopes this week that the two former Soviet republics would agree to end their deadliest fighting since the mid-1990s. But those hopes have been dented by the continued heavy fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway territory which is inside Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians,…
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Nagorno-Karabakh says death toll among its military nears 700

Nagorno-Karabakh says death toll among its military nears 700

The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Sunday it had recorded another 40 casualties among its military, pushing the military death toll to 673 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept. 27. The fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when some 30,000 people were killed. Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed. A handout photo made available by the Armenian Foreign Ministry shows the shell remnants after shelling by Azerbaijani artillery in Stepanakert,…
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Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to new humanitarian ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to new humanitarian ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Saturday to a new humanitarian ceasefire from midnight (2000 GMT) in fighting over Azerbaijan's ethnic Armenian-controlled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, both countries said in identical statements. Azerbaijan and Armenia had accused each other earlier on Saturday of fresh attacks in violation of a week-old Russian-brokered truce that had failed to halt the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the 1990s. Baku said 13 civilians had been killed and more than 50 wounded in the city of Ganja by an Armenian missile attack, while Yerevan accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling. The fighting is the worst in the region since Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces went to war in the 1990s over Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who mediated the ceasefire talks a week ago, talked to his Armenian and Azeri counterparts by…
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Azerbaijan’s President vows retaliation against Armenia after shelling on Ganja

Azerbaijan’s President vows retaliation against Armenia after shelling on Ganja

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev vowed on Saturday to strike back against Armenia after shelling on his country’s second largest city Ganja left at least 12 civilians dead and dozens injured. Aliyev said Azerbaijan’s army would retaliate against Armenia and “take revenge on the battlefield”, in televised remarks hours after the shelling on a residential area in Ganja flattened rows of houses. The missile strike marks a sharp escalation of the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The early hours attack, which saw a second missile strike another part of Ganja and a third reach the nearby strategic city of Mingecevir,…
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U.S. blames Turkey for inflaming situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

U.S. blames Turkey for inflaming situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian and Azeri forces fought new clashes on Friday, defying hopes of ending nearly three weeks of fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Turkey for inflaming the situation by arming the Azeris. The worst outbreak of violence in the South Caucasus since Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over the enclave in the 1990s, the fighting risks creating a humanitarian disaster, especially if it draws in Russia and Turkey. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. Turkey has increased military exports sixfold this year to…
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Nagorno-Karabakh says death toll among its military surpassed 500

Nagorno-Karabakh says death toll among its military surpassed 500

The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Wednesday it had recorded another 23 casualties among its military, pushing the military death toll to 555 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept. 27. The fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when some 30,000 people were killed. A local woman reacts as she stands near her bags in a street in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. EPA-EFE/DAVID GHAHRAMANYAN / NKR INFOCENTER / PAN PHOTO Azerbaijan accused Armenia on Wednesday of trying to attack its gas and oil pipelines and warned of a “severe” response as tensions rose sharply…
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Azeri leader warns of consequences if Armenia moves on gas pipelines

Azeri leader warns of consequences if Armenia moves on gas pipelines

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said on Wednesday that Armenia was trying to attack gas pipelines in Azerbaijan and that the outcome will be severe if Armenians try to take control of them. "Armenia is trying to attack and take control of our pipelines," Aliyev said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haberturk. "If Armenia tries to take control of the pipelines there, I can say that the outcome will be severe for them." Aliyev also said that Turkey should be involved in talks on the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh and that the conflict cannot be solved without Ankara's involvement. In…
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Humanitarian crisis feared in Nagorno-Karabakh

Humanitarian crisis feared in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to accuse each other of violating a ceasefire agreed three days ago to quell fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, drawing warnings from international groups of a humanitarian crisis. The Russia-brokered truce is buckling despite mounting calls from world powers to halt the fighting, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo among those urging greater commitment to the ceasefire terms. Turkey and Armenia exchanged recriminations, each blaming the other for exacerbating the crisis around Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but governed and populated by ethnic Armenians. Azerbaijan accused Armenia of “grossly violating the…
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Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Tuesday of violating a ceasefire agreed three days ago to quell fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, drawing warnings from international groups of a humanitarian crisis. The Russia-brokered truce is buckling despite mounting calls from world powers to halt the fighting, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo among those urging greater commitment to the ceasefire terms. Turkey and Armenia exchanged recriminations, each blaming the other for exacerbating the crisis around Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but governed and populated by ethnic Armenians. Earlier on Tuesday, a Reuters cameraman witnessed…
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Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse each other of breaching fray ceasefire

Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse each other of breaching fray ceasefire

Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of serious violations and crimes against civilians, and Azerbaijan also said it had launched airstrikes as a day-old humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh looked increasingly frayed on Sunday. The Russian-brokered ceasefire, clinched after marathon talks in Moscow, was meant to halt fighting to allow ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead. The talks were the first diplomatic contact between the two since fighting over the mountainous enclave erupted on Sept. 27, killing hundreds of people. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is populated and governed…
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Armenian diaspora rushes to Nagorno-Karabakh to back troops

Armenian diaspora rushes to Nagorno-Karabakh to back troops

Alexander Bagdasaryan was visiting family in Nagorno-Karabakh from Moscow when, on the morning of September 27, he was jolted awake by the sound of shelling. “I knew that a war had started,” the 26-year-old from Moscow told Reuters by phone from Stepanakert, the regional capital, as air raid sirens howled in the background. “I volunteered to fight at the front and am waiting to be called.” The shelling marked the start of the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years between ethnic Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is governed…
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Armenia and Azerbaijan agree on ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree on ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh region after talks in Moscow the Russian foreign minister was reported announcing. "The Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, on the basis of the basic principles of the settlement, begin substantive negotiations with the aim of achieving a peaceful settlement as soon as possible", Lavrov stated. After 10 hours of negotiations in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh from 10 October in order to exchange of prisoners and bodies of the killed. According…
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UPDATED: Russia warns that Nagorno-Karabakh could become Islamist militant stronghold

UPDATED: Russia warns that Nagorno-Karabakh could become Islamist militant stronghold

The Kremlin issued a new appeal for an end to hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh after Moscow’s foreign intelligence chief said the mountain enclave could become a launch pad for Islamist militants to enter Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for fighting to stop in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, saying the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years between ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces was a tragedy. Speaking in a interview with state television, Putin said he was in constant contact with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the conflict.  Moscow expressed alarm after the deadliest fighting in more…
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Azerbaijan’s Aliyev demands withdrawal of Armenia from Nagorno Karabakh

Azerbaijan’s Aliyev demands withdrawal of Armenia from Nagorno Karabakh

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev demanded on Sunday that Armenia set a timetable for withdrawing from the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding Azeri territories, and said Azerbaijan would not cease military action until that happened. In a televised address to the nation, Aliyev said Azeri forces were advancing in a week-long offensive to retake lands that they lost to ethnic Armenians in the 1990s. "Azerbaijan has one condition, and that is the liberation of its territories," he said. "Nagorno-Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. We must return and we shall return." "My condition is the following: let them withdraw their troops,…
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Armenia declares readiness for ceasefire talks

Armenia declares readiness for ceasefire talks

Armenia said on Friday it would work with Russia, the United States and France on renewing a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh as the death toll rose on the sixth day of fighting over the breakaway enclave in the South Caucasus. Azerbaijan, which is fighting ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, has not responded to a call for a ceasefire on Thursday by the three countries - co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, which mediates in the crisis. Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, ruled out talks with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, and Azerbaijan's ally Turkey said…
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Fighting in Nagorno-Karbakh showing no sign of easing

Fighting in Nagorno-Karbakh showing no sign of easing

Armenia’s defence ministry on Friday said Nagorno-Karabakh air defence systems had shot down an Azeri warplane and two drones, an online government platform reported. Fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces continued for a sixth day in the heaviest clashes since the 1990s around Nagorno-Karabakh. The defence ministry of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh reported 54 more military casualties on Friday, bringing the death toll to 158, Russia’s Interfax news agency said in a report. Fighting broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh -- which is part of Azerbaijan but run…
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Armenia and Azerbaijan engaged in an all-out-war in Nagorno Karabakh region – Al Jazeera

Armenia and Azerbaijan engaged in an all-out-war in Nagorno Karabakh region – Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera’s journalist Robin Forestier-Walker, who has extensively covered developments in the region, said that videos being released from the contested region give the idea of “an all-out war”. “The most committed observers to this conflict said that this is the worst they have seen since the ceasefire in 1994 that sort of froze this conflict.” Azerbaijan pledged to pursue military action against Armenian forces until their full withdrawal from the disputed territory. “We only have one condition: Armenian armed forces must unconditionally, fully, and immediately leave our lands,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in televised remarks. The defence ministry…
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Armenia and Azerbaijan reject peace talks

Armenia and Azerbaijan reject peace talks

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused one another on Tuesday of firing directly into each other's territory and rejected pressure to hold peace talks as their conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh threatened to spill over into all-out war. Both reported firing from the other side across their shared border, well to the west of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region over which fierce fighting broke out between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces on Sunday. The incidents signalled a further escalation of the conflict despite urgent appeals from Russia, the United States and others to halt it. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, speaking to Russian…
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Azerbaijan – Armenia Conflict – Updates

Azerbaijan – Armenia Conflict – Updates

Clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh region, reigniting concern about instability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines transporting oil and gas to world markets. Both sides, which fought a war in the 1990s, reported fatalities. Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region that is inside Azerbaijan but is run by ethnic Armenians, declared martial law and mobilised their male populations.  Armenia said Azerbaijan had carried out an air and artillery attack on Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan said it had responded to Armenian shelling and that it had seized control of up to seven villages, but…
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Iran says ready to facilitate talks

Iran says ready to facilitate talks

Iran has called for an end to the fighting and said it was ready to facilitate talks and a ceasefire between its two neighbours. Iran “is closely following the military conflict between the republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia with concern,” foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement. Tehran is ready “to use all of its capacities to establish ceasefire and start talks between the two sides”, he said and called for “an immediate end to the conflict”. Al Jazeera
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Vladimir Putin discuss issue with Armenia’s PM – Kremlin

Vladimir Putin discuss issue with Armenia’s PM – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have discussed the clashes in a phone call, the Kremlin has said in a statement. It said the conversation noted that it was important not to allow further escalation of the conflict and it was necessary to halt all military action. Al Jazeera
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Explainer – Nagorno-Karabakh – Old tensions erupt again into violence

Explainer – Nagorno-Karabakh – Old tensions erupt again into violence

Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous and heavily-forested patch of land that sits inside the territory of ex-Soviet Azerbaijan. Under international law, Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised as part of Azerbaijan. But the ethnic Armenians who make up the vast majority of the population reject Azeri rule. They have been running their own affairs, with support from Armenia, since Azerbaijan's troops were pushed out in a war in the 1990s. Long-standing ethnic tensions in the region between Christian Armenians and their mainly Muslim neighbours flared in Nagorno-Karabakh in the late 1980s. Hostilities this year have been the worst since 2016, when intense fighting killed…
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Azerbaijan and Armenia clash over Nagorno-Karabakh region

Azerbaijan and Armenia clash over Nagorno-Karabakh region

Armenia declared martial law and mobilised its male population on Sunday after clashes with Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region in which sources on both sides reported fatalities. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mainly ethnic Armenian region inside Azerbaijan which declared independence in 1991, also announced martial law and mobilised the male population after clashes which the two sides blamed on each other. Volunteers of Armenian Revolutionary Federation gather to leave for Artsakh (Nagorny-Karabah region), where martial law has been declared near Aram Manukyan?s statue in Yerevan, Armenia, 27 September 2020. EPA-EFE/MELIK BAGHDASARYAN Armenia said Azerbaijan had carried out an air…
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