Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation


Yerevan: The fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continues, Armenia and Azerbaijan blame the new attacks, and hostilities have increased the threat of Turkey and Russia being involved in the conflict.

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan accused Armenia of firing several ballistic missiles on its territory at Azerbaijani cities such as Ghana, Saizan and Kudamir, which are far away from the Nagorno-Karabakh theater. It says there is no death penalty.

The Armenian military denied that this statement was a “cynic lie.”

Nagorno-Karabakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is located in Azerbaijan, but since the end of the war in 1994, it has been under the control of the Armenian ethnic forces supported by Armenia. The current fighting that began on September 27 has killed hundreds of people, and this is the largest escalation of the conflict since the conflict broke out. The end of the war.

After coming into force, the two Russian ceasefire agreements immediately collapsed, and the warring parties continued to exchange strikes with heavy artillery, rockets and drones.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that in order to end the hostilities, Armenian forces must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh. He insisted that since nearly three decades of international mediation have not made progress, Azerbaijan has the right to retake its territory by force.

Russia, the United States, and France co-chaired the so-called Minsk Group established by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to mediate the conflict, but their attempts to negotiate a political solution have stalled.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian retorted on Wednesday that Azerbaijan’s radical stance is actually equivalent to a demand for the surrender of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and there is no room for diplomacy.

“There is no way now to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh issue through diplomacy,” Pashinian said, emphasizing that “there is no Armenia without Nagorno-Karabakh.”

Armenian leaders accused Turkey of encouraging Azerbaijan’s attack on Nagorno Karabakh and preventing any ceasefire attempts.

As a member of NATO, Turkey firmly defends the right of its allies to regain its land by force and strives to play a more important diplomatic role in the conflict. The strike drones and long-range rocket systems provided by Turkey in the past few years have given the Azerbaijani army a strong advantage on the battlefield.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay warned on Wednesday that if Baku made such a request, Ankara would not hesitate to send troops to Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan and Turkey have agreements on military cooperation,” he said on CNN Turk. “ If Armenia takes unexpected steps and there is a request from Baku to send troops, Turkey will not hesitate.”

Russia has a military base in Armenia and has signed a security treaty requiring Moscow to protect its allies. Russia has been participating in the delicate balance bill, trying to maintain good relations with Azerbaijan and avoid a showdown with Turkey.

Russian Congressman Konstantin Zatulin said on Thursday that Moscow should take military interventions to protect Armenia, but the Kremlin rejected the call.

When asked about Zaturin’s statement, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, replied: “There is no choice but a peaceful settlement.”

Peskov, commenting on Turkey’s demand for a greater mediation role in the conflict, said that both sides of the war must accept such mediation. Armenia firmly rejected Turkey’s intervention because it supported Azerbaijan.

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