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Posted 05 August 2022 - 07:57 AM

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Aug 4 2022
 
Russia Accuses Azerbaijan Of Breaching Ceasefire In Karabakh; US 'concerned' Over Clashes Russia accused the Azerbaijani Armed Forces of breaching the ceasefire in the mountainous zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The US expresses concern.
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Russia accused the Azerbaijani Armed Forces of breaching the ceasefire in the mountainous zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In the report on the activities of Russian peacekeepers in the separatist region, the Russian Defence Ministry said that Azerbaijan’s forces violated the ceasefire in the area of the height of Sarybaba. Earlier, clashes were reported between Armenia and Azerbaijan leaving at least three soldiers dead as the decades-old conflict reignited. 

Russian Defence Ministry said, “The situation in the zone of responsibility of the contingent is aggravated. In the area of the height of Sarybaba, the ceasefire regime was breached by the armed forces of Azerbaijan”, as per Sputnik.

“The command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, together with representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides, is taking measures to stabilize the situation,” it added. 

The disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has been a flashpoint for about 30 years between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been controlled by ethnic Armenian forces since the end of a war in 1994. In September 2020, Azerbaijan and Armenian forces fought a war over the mountainous region. At the time, Azerbaijan won back a part of the territory. Subsequently, a Russia-brokered ceasefire was also signed. 

However, violence flared in recent days, and both sides have accused each other of breaching the ceasefire. On Wednesday, Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said that Armenia committed an act of sabotage and killed one of its soldiers breaching the agreement. Baku also said that it had to fight Armenia’s attempt of capturing a hill in the disputed zone. It further demanded the disarmament of “illegal Armenian formations”. 

 
US expresses concern over clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

While Russia accused Azerbaijan of a ceasefire breach, the United States expressed deep concern over reports of intensive fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh region. In a statement, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “The United States is deeply concerned by and closely following reports of intensive fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh, including casualties and the loss of life.  We urge immediate steps to reduce tensions and avoid further escalation.”

“The recent increase in tensions underscores the need for a negotiated, comprehensive, and sustainable settlement of all remaining issues related to or resulting from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he added.

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Posted 05 August 2022 - 08:00 AM

The National Interest
Aug 4 2022
 
 
 
Will Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh Clashes Lead to War?

Deadly clashes have erupted in the Nagorno-Karabakh region over one year after the signing of a fragile Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.

 
Deadly clashes have erupted in the Nagorno-Karabakh region over one year after the signing of a fragile Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.
 

Azerbaijan said on Wednesday that its forces suppressed an Armenian attack near the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry accused Armenian forces of killing a soldier in an act of sabotage and attempting to seize territory controlled by Russian peacekeepers, according to Reuters. "We emphasize that the reason for the recent tension is the presence of illegal Armenian armed troops in the territories of Azerbaijan," Baku claimed.

 

Armenia has rejected Baku’s framing of the clashes, with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claiming there are no Armenian servicemen in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. "Today, Azerbaijan is talking about the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army and the reasons why it is deployed along the line of disengagement. If Russia’s peacekeeping contingent and Azerbaijan provide guarantees of this line’s inviolability, the defense army, I believe, will not have to remain on combat duty. Also, I officially declare that there are no military servicemen from Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh," he said.

Pashinyan appeared to blame the recent spike in military tensions on a lack of action by Russian peacekeepers stationed in the broader Nagorno-Karabakh region. "Questions arise in Armenian society over the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh," he said during a government meeting, adding that the role of the Russian mission must be “clarified.” Armenia has accused the Azerbaijani side of violating the terms of a ceasefire agreement by attacking territories controlled by the peacekeepers. Yerevan officials have called on the international community to “stop the aggressive actions and attitude of Azerbaijan and to activate the necessary mechanisms to do so.”

 

Russia’s Defense Ministry has accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire, adding that it is "taking measures to stabilize the situation" in consultation with Yerevan and Baku. "There are trilateral agreements, which serve as the starting point," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday. "The most important is to implement all obligations, which the parties assumed under these documents."

The European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Biden administration have called for an immediate end to hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. “The United States is deeply concerned by and closely following reports of intensive fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh, including casualties and the loss of life,” said U.S. Department of State spokesperson Ned Price. “We urge immediate steps to reduce tensions and avoid further escalation,” he added.

Azerbaijan’s armed forces launched an offensive to retake the ethnically Armenian breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, in the Summer of 2020. The six-week Nagorno-Karabakh war ended with a Kremlin-brokered ceasefire agreement involving the restoration of several surrounding territories under Azerbaijani control and the deployment of some 2,000 Russian peacekeeping forces to the region.

Mark Episkopos is a national security reporter for the National Interest.

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:01 AM

Hindu Wire, India
Aug 5 2022
 
 
Azerbaijan Attacked Armenia 3 Killed Russia Said Ceasefire Broken
 
 
Azerbaijan Attacked Armenia: Tension has also increased in the Central Asian countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia amid wartime tensions in Ukraine and Taiwan region. Azerbaijan, with the help of deadly Bayraktar drones received from Turkey, destroyed many weapons of Armenia and captured many areas of Nagerno-Karabakh. Russia, which has brokered a ceasefire between the two countries, has alleged that Azerbaijan has broken the agreement in the disputed area of Nagarno-Karabakh. Earlier, Azerbaijan alleged that three of its soldiers were killed by illegal armed groups in Armenia.

 

Earlier in 2020, more than 6500 people were killed in a fierce battle for about 6 weeks in Armenia. After this, due to Russian intervention, there was a ceasefire between the two. In Thursday’s attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said Azerbaijan’s armed troops had broken the ceasefire.

Turkey-Pakistan helping Azerbaijan
Russia said it was trying to calm the atmosphere with representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan and Armenia have long been hostile. It is being instigated by Turkish and Pakistani army. The armies of both countries are helping Azerbaijan. Turkish drones are proving effective against Armenia.

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Azerbaijan Attacked Armenia: Tension has also increased in the Central Asian countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia amid wartime tensions in Ukraine and Taiwan region. Azerbaijan, with the help of deadly Bayraktar drones received from Turkey, destroyed many weapons of Armenia and captured many areas of Nagerno-Karabakh.

Russia, which has brokered a ceasefire between the two countries, has alleged that Azerbaijan has broken the agreement in the disputed area of Nagarno-Karabakh. Earlier, Azerbaijan alleged that three of its soldiers were killed by illegal armed groups in Armenia.

Earlier in 2020, more than 6500 people were killed in a fierce battle for about 6 weeks in Armenia. After this, due to Russian intervention, there was a ceasefire between the two. In Thursday’s attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said Azerbaijan’s armed troops had broken the ceasefire.

Turkey-Pakistan helping Azerbaijan

Russia said it was trying to calm the atmosphere with representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan and Armenia have long been hostile. It is being instigated by Turkish and Pakistani army. The armies of both countries are helping Azerbaijan. Turkish drones are proving effective against Armenia.

 


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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:12 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Aug 5 2022
 
 
Azerbaijan’s actions do nothing to further a lasting, durable peace – Senator Jack Reed
August 5, 2022, 12:11
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Azerbaijan’s actions do nothing to further a lasting, durable peace in Nagorno-Karabakh, Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a Twitter post.

“I am deeply troubled by reports of a return to violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, especially the loss of life. For the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense to release footage of their air strike, as though it is something to be proud of, is reprehensible,” the Senator said.

“These actions do nothing to further a lasting, durable peace in Nagorno-Karabakh which is the only path to stability and security in the region. I urge an immediate cessation of violence and return to the ceasefire agreed to in November of 2020,” he added.

 

Two Armenian soldiers were killed, 19 were wounded in fresh Azerbaijani attack.

 

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Posted 06 August 2022 - 07:21 AM

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Azerbaijani military again violates ceasefire in Artsakh line of contact

 
 
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YEREVAN, AUGUST 5, ARMENPRESS. The Azerbaijani armed forces again violated the ceasefire in the Artsakh line of contact, the Artsakh Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

 

“Overnight August 4-5 and as of 09:00 in the morning the tactical situation in the line of contact was relatively stable. Overall, the tension remains. In some directions, the Azerbaijani detachments violated the ceasefire by using small arms,” the Artsakh Ministry of Defense said, adding that the Artsakh military did not suffer losses.

 
 

Several troops who were wounded in the August 3 Azeri attack have been discharged from hospitals, but three wounded soldiers are still in serious condition, and another serviceman is critical with some positive dynamics of recovery.

“The work aimed at stabilizing the situation continues in mediation of the Russian peacekeeping contingent,” the ministry said.

 

 

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Posted 07 August 2022 - 07:02 AM

The National Interest
Aug 5 2022
 
 
 
Will Nagorno-Karabakh’s Fragile Ceasefire Break Down?

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijani troops and Armenian-backed separatists in the Nagorno-Karabakh region threaten to upend a fragile Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.

 

Two soldiers from the breakaway ethnically-Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and one Azerbaijani serviceman were killed in skirmishes earlier this week. Baku said it launched a retaliatory campaign, dubbed Operation Revenge, after Armenian militants attacked Azerbaijani troops and tried to seize a territory controlled by Russian peacekeepers.

 

Azerbaijan’s timing is understandable, say Armenian and Russian observers. Russia has reportedly redeployed some of its veteran Nagorno-Karabakh peacekeepers to Ukraine in recent months, replacing them with fresh conscripts. Moreover, the Kremlin can ill afford to spurn its longstanding allies in the former Soviet sphere at a time when it is being isolated by the West over its invasion of Ukraine. Baku has accurately judged that Moscow is in no position to punish it for ceasefire violations and is using the Ukraine crisis as a window of opportunity to hammer Armenian-backed separatist positions in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, say Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev’s detractors.

Azerbaijan denies allegations that it is trying to undermine the 2020 ceasefire agreement, instead accusing “illegal Armenian formations”' of flagrantly violating the truce. Baku says these Armenian formations, described by Azerbaijani media as militants and terrorists, were able to operate from territory controlled by Russian peacekeepers. Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan rebuffed Baku’s claims in a government meeting on Thursday, stating that there are currently no Armenian troops in Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

Though they agree on little else, both sides have subtly suggested dissatisfaction with the Russian peacekeeping mission. “A number of events that have taken place in Nagorno-Karabakh since 2020, including those in recent days, evoke questions from the Armenian public about the content and nature of the peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. In this context, there is an urgent need to agree on the details of the peacekeeping operation there,” said Pashinyan, referring to Azerbaijan’s alleged ceasefire violations.

The ethnically Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which calls itself the Republic of Artsakh, has previously signaled frustration over Yerevans’s willingness to make concessions to Azerbaijan as part of a larger prospective peace settlement. Reports emerged earlier this year that top Artsakh officials are considering holding a referendum to become part of Russia. There is currently no indication that such an outcome, which would severely jeopardize Russia’s close ties with Azerbaijan, is being seriously considered by the Kremlin.

The Russian Defense Ministry accused Azerbaijan’s military on Thursday of violating the ceasefire agreement near the Sarybaba height in the Shusha district.  “We urge the sides to exercise restraint and comply with the ceasefire regime,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “We expect that the existing controversies will be resolved exclusively via diplomatic and political means, with consideration of both sides’ positions and in strict compliance with the statement, adopted by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia on November 9, 2020.” The European Union joined Moscow in calling on all parties involved to “de-escalate, fully respect the ceasefire and return to the negotiating table to seek negotiated solutions.”

The 2020 ceasefire agreement, brokered by Russia six weeks into the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, returned the districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh under Azerbaijani control and established an ongoing Russian peacekeeping presence in the Lachin corridor linking Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh. The current tensions center in large part on differing Armenian and Azerbaijani interpretations of the timeline for a new Armenia-Karabakh road to replace the Lachin corridor. Pashinyan has accused Azerbaijan of seeking to “scrap” the ceasefire altogether. “Azerbaijan’s recourse to the escalation serves one purpose: to scrap the regulations set by the [Russian-Armenian-Azerbaijani] statement of November 9, 2020,” he said. Baku insists that it is following all of the agreement’s provisions and has called on Yerevan to do the same.

Azerbaijan’s 2020 war effort was supported and in large part coordinated by Turkey. Azerbaijan’s military imports from Turkey increased exponentially in the months preceding the conflict, according to an analysis conducted by Reuters. Bayraktar TB2 drones, provided in large quantities by Turkey and reportedly operated directly by Turkish servicemen, are widely credited with giving Azerbaijan a battlefield edge. Even as mounting tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh threaten to unravel the truce between Yerevan and Baku, Turkey—which has emerged in prior years as one of Baku’s closest military allies—continues to squeeze Armenia in separate negotiations to normalize diplomatic relations. U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken told his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a phone call on Thursday that Washington stands “ready to engage bilaterally, with likeminded partners, and through our role as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair to facilitate dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia and help achieve a long-term political settlement to the conflict,” according to a State Department readout. 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort city of Sochi on Friday. “It should not be ruled out that the presidents will exchange opinions in connection with this aggravation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov when asked if the two leaders will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh clashes.

Mark Episkopos is a national security reporter for the National Interest.

 


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Posted 10 August 2022 - 08:15 AM

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Armenia - Aug 9 2022
 
 
David Stepanyan Forecast: Azerbaijani provocations will not stop with the surrender  of Berdzor  20210127105029.jpg

ArmInfo.All recent actions of Azerbaijan in Artsakh are a consequence of military realities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Hovik Aghazaryan, MP from the Civil Contract  parliamentary faction, expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.

"Baku, realizing that the Artsakh problem is still far from being  resolved, and the post-war realities are not limited only to its  statements, according to which "there is no more Karabakh problem",  moreover, "there is no Karabakh itself", today resorts to military  provocations, with the hope of achieving the results of the 44-day  war," he said.

According to the parliamentarian,  it is within the framework of this  logic Azerbaijan is in a hurry to solve the Lachin Corridor issue,  striving to quickly complete what was started on September 27, 2020,  although according to the same statement of November 9, three years  have been allocated for this. And as an argument, it presents the  bypass road built in the direction of Teghi and Kornidzor.

According to the parliamentarian, one way or another, the land  connection between Armenia and Artsakh cannot be interrupted.  Regardless of whether or not Armenia will build a bypass, alternative  road in Artsakh on time. At the same time, Aghazaryan expressed  confidence in the continuation of Azerbaijani provocations in Artsakh  and on the border with Armenia after the surrender of Berdzor. 

"The reason for such a forecast is still the same - Baku is  dissatisfied with the results of the last war.  Accordingly, it will  continue to put pressure on us through shelling, regardless of the  terms of Berdzor's handover, while continuing to promise its society  to get to Sevan, Meghri, Yerevan, etc. Accordingly, regardless of  everything, we must be ready to launch a worthy counterattack at any  moment," he stressed.

Recalling that the surrender of Berdzor was originally agreed on  November 9, 2020, Aghazaryan stressed that the Armenian government  does not intend to make any other territorial concessions, primarily  on the issue of the so-called corridor through the Syunik region of  Armenia. According to him, today it is only about the possibility of  communication between Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan in accordance with  the legislation of Armenia.

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Posted 11 August 2022 - 07:27 AM

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Aug 10 2022
 
 
With Russia distracted, its ally Armenia could suffer another defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh
 

Russia continues to demonstrate its impotence in the global arena. Recent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh have clearly shown that the Kremlin will hardly be able to continue playing the role of a regional arbiter in the South Caucasus.

On August 3, clashes between Armenian forces and the Azerbaijani Army broke out near the strategically important Lachin Corridor in Nagorno-Karabakh. That tiny strip of land connects Nagorno-Karabakh – internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, although it has been under Armenian control for almost 30 years – to Armenia through Azerbaijani-held territory. The Lachin Corridor, as well as other Armenian-controlled areas, has been under the supervision of Russian peacekeepers since 2020. They have been deployed there following the 44-day war that resulted in Azerbaijan’s victory. During the conflict, Baku managed to restore its sovereignty over significant portions of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as surrounding areas. Some territories, however, including Lachin and Stepanakert, also known as as Khankendi – the de facto capital and the largest city of the self-proclaimed Armenia-backed Republic of Artsakh – remain under Armenian control to this day.

Although Yerevan recently announced that it will withdraw all remaining military units from Nagorno-Karabakh by September, Baku seems to be attempting to speed up the process and establish full control over the mountainous region as soon as possible. Russia, Armenia’s nominal ally in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), has accused Azerbaijan of violating the 2020 ceasefire deal, which is something that Baku strongly denies. According to Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, the reason for the recent tension is “the presence of illegal Armenian armed troops in the territories of Azerbaijan and provocations instigated by them”.

Despite the presence of the Russian troops, Azerbaijani Armed Forces have launched a counter operation and seized a number of important heights near the Lachin Corridor. Such an action has demonstrated that the Russian peacekeepers cannot prevent a potential large-scale conflict. Indeed, if another war in Nagorno-Karabakh eventually breaks out, some 2,000 Russian troops in the region will play the role of sitting ducks. Azerbaijani actions have shown that Baku, strongly backed by Turkey, Israel and Pakistan, does not seem to hesitate from a potential conflict with Russia. The Azeri leaders are quite aware that Moscow, preoccupied with its military fiasco in Ukraine, cannot fight two wars at the same time, and that the Kremlin will seek to avoid an escalation in the region by all means.

That is why Baku is expected to continue pressuring Yerevan to withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh. Sporadic local clashes could be a method of pressure, and it is entirely possible that Azerbaijani forces will soon seize more strategically important heights and villages. Armenia, on the other hand, cannot count on Moscow’s concrete support. If the situation in the region escalates, the Kremlin will almost certainly keep accusing Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire deal and call on both sides to “keep restraint”. But Russian peacekeepers will be unlikely to take any practical steps to protect the local Armenians.

A new round of full-fledged hostilities will undoubtedly mark the end of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh

Thus, a new round of full-fledged hostilities will undoubtedly mark the end of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh. Under the current geopolitical circumstances Armenia may be able to delay, but not to prevent the return of Nagorno-Karabakh under Baku’s jurisdiction. As Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan recently stressed, questions arise in Armenian society over the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. In other words, Yerevan understands that Russia is not in a position to help Armenia, which is why Pashinyan said on August 4 that it is necessary to “endow the peacekeeping mission with a wider international mandate”. But since Azerbaijan has the upper hand over Armenia, it is extremely unlikely that Baku, unless seriously pressured by the West, will agree to internationalize the Karabakh conflict.

Pashinyan will, therefore, likely try to find a way to de facto give up Armenia’s aspirations over Nagorno-Karabakh, but at the same time to save face. Yerevan may also attempt to distance itself from the Kremlin and develop close ties with the West, hoping that such a flip-flop will help Armenia to preserve control over Artsakh (the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh). However, given that energy-rich Azerbaijan recently signed a very important gas deal with the European Union, it is not very probable that the West will support Armenian ambitions in the region.

Accordingly, the Armenia-backed unrecognized Republic of Artsakh could prove to be a “collateral damage” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin, for its part, continues to struggle to preserve the South Caucasus in its geopolitical orbit, although developments on the ground indicate that neither Baku nor Yerevan see Moscow as the primary mediator in their disputes.

 

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Posted 12 August 2022 - 08:00 AM

Public Radio of Armenia
Armenia - Aug 11 2022
 
 
 
British lawmakers share concerns over the situation in Artsakh with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
 

In a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, a group British lawmakers have raised concerns regarding the deteriorating security situation in Nagorno Karabakh. The letter sets out six urgent concerns, all of which should be urgently addressed.

The letter reads:

Dear Foreign Secretary,

The security situation in Nagorno Karabakh is now critical. We have six urgent concerns, all of which require an immediate and meaningful response.

1) Azerbaijani military offensives
Escalating numbers of Armenian villagers are threatened and ordered to leave their homes. As recently as 3 August, Azerbaijani Armed Forces reportedly used drones, grenade launchers and anti-aircraft weapons along the north-western border of the Line of Contact. Two Armenian soldiers were killed and 19 others injured. The attack follows similar Azerbaijani military offensives in the direction of Parukh, Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages. These are blatant and recurring breaches of the 2020 ceasefire agreement, which commits each party to “stop at their current positions.”

2) Dangerous rhetoric
Recent military offensives by Azerbaijan are a practical outworking of President Aliyev’s avowed commitment to take “timely steps”, “liberate lands” and “crush the enemy’s head”. During his victory speech after the 44-Day War in 2020, he claimed that territories beyond Nagorno Karabakh – including Armenia’s capital Yerevan – “are our historical lands” and belong to Azerbaijan. He made similar claims in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018, promising the return of these territories to Azerbaijan. The UK Government has made no attempt to condemn such provocative rhetoric, nor have OSCE Minsk Group initiatives resulted in a cessation of hostilities.

3) Maltreatment of detainees
Armenia has returned all Azerbaijani prisoners captured during the 44-Day War. Yet many Armenians remain in Azerbaijani custody, a significant proportion of whom are undergoing speedy criminal trials. Some have been filmed or photographed in captivity but with no indication as to their current whereabouts. Tens of others remain vulnerable to killings, torture, indefinite imprisonment or enslavement, with widespread evidence of humiliating treatment and desecration of corpses by Azerbaijani soldiers – a war crime and a further breach of the ceasefire agreement, which commits each party to “the exchange of prisoners of war and other detainees.”

4) No accountability
During the 44-Day War, civilians in Nagorno Karabakh endured almost-daily military offensives by tanks, helicopters, cluster munitions and Smerch multiple rocket launchers – weapons incapable of precision targeting – in breach of international humanitarian law and Geneva conventions. Civilians also suffered widespread destruction of non-military objects, including medical emergency service centres and ambulances, schools and pre-schools, religious sites, food stocks, crops, livestock, electricity and gas plants, and drinking-water installations and supplies. These are war crimes, horribly reminiscent of what is happening in Ukraine.

5) Lachin humanitarian corridor
We continue to receive reports that Azerbaijan prohibits free passage of the Lachin humanitarian corridor (currently the only road linking Armenia to Nagorno Karabakh), all the while seeking to force Armenia into more concessions and further capitulation agreements. Any plans by Azerbaijan to construct a new route along the Lachin corridor must be approved by Armenia, as per the ceasefire agreement.

6) Destruction of Armenian heritage
Serious concerns remain over the fate of hundreds of Armenian Christian monuments and ancient cultural heritage sites, which are now under Azerbaijan’s control – some of which were shelled or erased during the 44-Day War. The sites include 161 churches, the ancient city of Tigranakert, Azokh Paleolithic Cave and the Nor Karmiravan tombs. UNESCO is denied access to the sites by Azerbaijan.

There is an urgent need to end the impunity with which Azerbaijan has carried out such systematic violations of the 2020 ceasefire agreement and international law. Perpetrators of atrocities must be held to account. We must no longer turn a deaf ear to the suffering of the people of Nagorno Karabakh.

The letter was signed by Baroness Cox (Crossbench), Tim Loughton MP (Conservative), Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat), Lord Boateng (Labour), Christopher Cocksworth, Lord Bishop of Coventry. Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), Marie Rimmer MP (Labour), Lord Singh of Wimbledon (Crossbench), Derek Thomas MP (Conservative), Lord Loomba (Crossbench), Lord Dholakia (Liberal Democrat) and Lord Curry of Kirkharle (Crossbench).

 

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Posted 20 August 2022 - 07:21 AM

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Aug 18 2022
 
 
FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY
 
Why Nagorno-Karabakh shouldn’t be forgotten
With Russia’s war on Ukraine keeping the West’s attention, willingness, and resources, a fragile peace in Nagorno-Karabakh is at stake
19.08.2022 Eldar Mamedov

The ripple effects of the Russia’s war on Ukraine continue reverberating in other conflict areas. After a brief interlude when the EU-facilitated diplomacy, if ever so hesitatingly, seemed to be gaining some traction, tensions between the old foes, Armenia and Azerbaijan, are again on the rise. The realities on the ground, however, particularly the power disparity between the two main antagonists and limited leverage international players have in the region, leave ample space for more escalations in the coming period.

The 44-day war in 2020 saw Azerbaijan recover the territories around Nagorno-Karabakh previously held by the Armenian forces and chunks of Nagorno-Karabakh itself. The ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’ administered by local de-facto Armenian authorities fell under the protection of Russian peacekeepers which were deployed in the area in compliance with the Russian-brokered trilateral ceasefire deal.

In early August 2022, new deadly clashes erupted in the area of responsibility of the Russian peacekeepers around the Lachin corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. Russia blamed Azerbaijan for the breach of the ceasefire agreement, and so did the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the South Caucasus – noteworthy given that Moscow and Brussels don’t agree on much these days.

The unmovable Azerbaijan

Out of the two sides, Azerbaijan has both the incentives and the power to challenge the post-war status-quo. Although the war ended in Azerbaijan’s favour, Baku did not manage to assert its control over the entirety of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian peacekeepers and the de-facto Armenian authorities of the NKR, however diminished, stand in Baku’s way.

The ceasefire deal did not touch upon the status of Nagorno-Karabakh – the core issue that triggered the conflict three decades ago in the first place. The Armenian side, much weakened after the war, hinted that it might ‘lower the bar’ on its demands, implying that the status question won’t stand in the way of peace negotiations with Azerbaijan. Yerevan rather insists only on the general principle that the security and rights of the Karabakh Armenians should be safeguarded – a major political concession.

Following the 2020 war, bodies like the European Parliament condemned Baku’s policies of systematically erasing Armenian cultural heritage on the territories under its control.

Baku doesn’t seem to be interested in reciprocating this gesture. In a recent interview to Azerbaijani TV , President Ilham Aliyev once again completely ruled out a possibility of any special status for the region, or its Armenian inhabitants. He claimed instead that the Karabakh Armenians will enjoy equal rights as Azerbaijani citizens. Some Azerbaijanis noted sarcastically that such promises only meant that Armenians would be as deprived of their political and civil rights as Azerbaijanis already are under Aliyev’s rule.

Authoritarianism aside, hostile policies targeting specifically Armenians may be an even bigger problem. Following the 2020 war, bodies like the European Parliament condemned Baku’s policies of systematically erasing Armenian cultural heritage on the territories under its control. In March 2022, an Azerbaijan-operated gas pipeline supplying Nagorno-Karabakh was damaged and remained broken for a week, condemning the local inhabitants to suffer freezing temperatures. Meanwhile, in an apparent attempt to apply psychological pressure, Azerbaijani army’s loudspeakers were calling on them to leave the area. And Aliyev’s constant talk of capitulation and territorial claims against Armenia proper do not suggest a willingness to build a common future of peace and reconciliation.

It is in this context that the breaches of the ceasefire need to be evaluated. Azerbaijan fears that any significant Armenian presence within its borders would engender a rebirth of Armenian separatism down the road, if and when the geopolitical winds will shift again. Thus, Aliyev appears to be willing to maximize Azerbaijan’s current advantage in power to get as many Armenians as possible – including civilians – to withdraw from Karabakh.

A limited Russian involvement

Russian peacekeepers remain a hurdle on his path. However, Baku has mastered pressure tactics that allows it to progressively slice away the territory theoretically under their responsibility in its favour. The recent clashes around Lachin corridor have led to a deal between Baku and Moscow (from which Yerevan was pointedly excluded) that will see the area handed back to Azerbaijan as soon as 25 August. Although it is part of Azerbaijan’s internationally-recognised territory, the absence of security guarantees for local Armenians left the de-facto NKR authorities with no other choice than to instruct them to evacuate the area, thus contributing to fulfilling Baku’s objectives.

It’s not only about stretching Russia’s armed forces, but also its new dependence on Turkey, Azerbaijan’s main ally, to break its diplomatic and economic isolation from the West.

At the same time, Baku appeals to the provision of the trilateral ceasefire statement that obliges Armenian forces to withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia, as a guarantor of the deal, prevents any Armenian reinforcements to be deployed to protect the local Armenians. But its own peacekeeping force has neither a clear mandate nor rules of engagement, which mostly reduces it to registering the ceasefire violations without any real power to prevent them or reverse the facts on the ground that those violations create.

Moreover, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine created a massive distraction for Moscow that Baku is keen to exploit to advance its agenda. It’s not only about stretching Russia’s armed forces, but also its new dependence on Turkey, Azerbaijan’s main ally, to break its diplomatic and economic isolation from the West. As Turkey aggressively seeks its own power projection in the Caucasus, via Azerbaijan, Russia could easily trade away few remaining Armenian outposts in Karabakh as bargaining chips in exchange for what it sees much bigger gains in its bilateral relationship with Turkey. It is, thus, no surprise that the Putin-Erdogan meeting in Sochi failed to make any reference to the need to stabilise the situation in the Caucasus.

Limiting security realities

The West, meanwhile, is consumed with the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. One of its consequences is the need to secure alternative energy supplies to replace the Russian gas. This has led the European Commission’s president Ursula von der Leyen to sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’ on increasing Azerbaijani supplies. Although the signed document doesn’t commit Azerbaijan to deliver even the small amount of gas it could offer, it was a diplomatic gain for Aliyev as the EU elevated him to the position of a key partner in the emerging energy geopolitics, with no strings attached on human rights or Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Other than that, the EU is mostly reduced to issuing periodic exhortations on ‘both sides’ to show restraint. Some member states, like France, would like to play a more prominent role in the Caucasus, but without a hard power presence on the ground it is exceedingly difficult. A possible way forward could be an OSCE-mandated force in Karabakh, but that would require the Western states and Russia to cooperate, and Europeans to be willing to send their peacekeepers to the region – currently there is no evidence whatsoever that any of these could be on the cards.

There are signs of emerging war fatigue within the society, with the euphoria from the 2020 victory subsiding and giving way to prevalence of socio-economic concerns.

That leaves reducing the power disparity between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the only realistic way to achieving sustainable peace. For that, Armenia would need to dramatically upgrade its deterrence capabilities – a prospect that needs time and investment, as well as a less fractious polity united around the national purpose.

It will also take a compromising attitude from Azerbaijan. There are signs of emerging war fatigue within the society, with the euphoria from the 2020 victory subsiding and giving way to prevalence of socio-economic concerns. A spate of suicides among the war veterans punctures the official Baku’s triumphalist narratives. In the short term, however, the prospects for peace are bleak as Aliyev, with geopolitical winds in his sails, will continue leveraging his power at the expense of any real diplomacy.

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Posted 24 August 2022 - 07:52 AM

THE CHRISTIAN POST
Aug 23 2022
 
 
When will Christians stand up for the Armenians?
By Uzay Bulut| Tuesday, August 23, 2022

 
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The Armenian nation is at the risk of yet another genocide at the hands of Muslim Turks and Azeris.

On August 17, the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention issued a "Red Flag Alert" warning of a possible genocide by the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkey against the Armenian population. The statement came after Azerbaijan ordered the evacuation of the Armenian people of the towns of Berdzor and Aghavno by August 25.  

“We call on all international and state bodies to monitor Turkey and Azerbaijan for genocidal ideology and practices, to place pressure on Turkey and Azerbaijan to cease their genocidal threats against the Armenian people, and to reinforce the security of Armenians and the Armenian identity in the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Artsakh, and in Diaspora communities worldwide.”

Among the developments that urged the Institute to issue its statement was a recent Telegram video circulating through Azerbaijani social media. The video shows an Azerbaijani soldier tying what is allegedly an Armenian skull dug up from a nearby Armenian cemetery to the back of a military truck while fellow soldiers cheer.

The Institute's warning must be taken seriously. During the past two years, Azerbaijan, and its ally, Turkey, murdered, tortured, and forcibly displaced Christian Armenians in the Armenian Republic of Artsakh.

Artsakh is one of the provinces of historical Armenia and has retained an ethnic Armenian majority for centuries. It has mostly remained a semi-independent entity and was never part of independent Azerbaijan. 

The violent crimes of Azerbaijan against Artsakh, however, are underreported. The indigenous Armenians of Artsakh were exposed to an ethnic cleansing campaign at the hands of Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2020.

Turkey provided weapon supplies and diplomatic support, allowing Azerbaijan to have the upper hand in the war. Throughout their indiscriminate shelling of Artsakh, the aggressors — Azerbaijan, and Turkey, accompanied by Syrian jihadist forces — murdered civilians, burned churches, and tortured and beheaded Armenians.

Despite the trilateral ceasefire agreement, Azerbaijan has not put an end to its aggression. Large-scale escalations are currently taking place along Lachin corridor as the government of Azerbaijan is violating the agreement without informing or negotiating with Armenia.

Azerbaijan has demanded the forceful evacuation of the Armenian people of Berdzor and Aghavno along the Lachin corridor, giving a deadline of August 25. This is yet another attempt at ethnic cleansing.  

According to a recent report by the British-Armenian humanitarian group:

“Azerbaijan continues to hold over 100 Armenian prisoners of war and civilian hostages, while the fate of hundreds of missing persons remains unresolved. According to the latest official data, almost two years after the 44-day war, 203 people are still considered missing. Almost two years have passed since the war, yet the relatives of soldiers who went missing in the 44-day war have not heard from them.”

Vahram Shemmassian, head of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Northridge, said in 2021 that he sees parallels between what happened 100 years ago during the 1915 Armenian genocide and what happened during the 44-day war in 2020.

“Turkey has been providing Azerbaijan with arms and terrorists from Syria to help dispose of Armenians and, more specifically, to ethnically cleanse the country in order to obtain land. The same resistance against tyranny and extermination that happened in the past is occurring again now, as an attempt to fully dispose of Armenian culture and the people apart of it.

“We are all angry about what’s happening with Armenia and Azerbaijan because they are finishing what Turkey started during World War I. Many war crimes were committed against Armenia last year [in 2020], almost identical to the genocide that was happening a century ago.”

Turkish aggression against Armenians, as well as other Christians, has a long history. Armenians are one of the first Christian nations and the indigenous population of the Armenian Highlands. They were subjected to many massacres since the 11th century by invading Turkic tribes originally from Central Asia. Many of the remaining Armenians were forcibly assimilated through conversion to Islam. Hence, today, almost all historic Armenia within the borders of modern Turkey is demographically Muslim.

It is no coincidence that almost two years after the 2020 war, Azeri aggressions against not only Artsakh but also against the borders of the Republic of Armenia are ongoing, as well as the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage by Azerbaijan, which violates international laws.

As Azerbaijan forcefully evicts Armenians from their homes, illegally holds Armenian prisoners of war, and kills Armenian soldiers, major Western powers continue to tacitly condone Azerbaijan and Turkey by their silence.

What will Christians across the world do in response? Will they choose to ignore such atrocities, or will they stand up for their persecuted Armenian brethren who are facing genocide?

 

 

Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist and political analyst formerly based in Ankara. Her writings have appeared in The Washington Times, The American Conservative, The Christian Post, The Jerusalem Post, and Al-Ahram Weekly. Her work focuses mainly on human rights, Turkish politics and history, religious minorities in the Middle East, and antisemitism.

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Posted 04 September 2022 - 06:56 AM

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Azeri military releases fresh disinformation falsely accusing Armenia in border shooting

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 3, ARMENPRESS. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense has released fresh disinformation falsely accusing the Armenian military in opening fire at Azerbaijani military positions in the eastern part of the border.

 

The Azeri propaganda didn’t even mention a date and only noted that it happened “recently”.

 
 

The Ministry of Defense of Armenia denied the claims as disinformation and added: “The situation on the border is relatively stable and is under the full control of the Armenian Armed Forces.”

 

 

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Posted 07 September 2022 - 07:54 AM

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Armenia says soldier killed in border shootout with Azerbaijan
By AFP
06 September 2022

Armenia on Tuesday accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a fresh border shootout between the arch-foe Caucasus countries locked in a decades-long territorial dispute.

 

There have been frequent reports of shootouts along their shared border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“On Monday evening, an Armenian serviceman was fatally wounded as a result of enemy fire at the eastern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Armenia’s defence ministry said Tuesday in a statement.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry, accused Armenian troops of initiating a border shootout in the evening, saying “Armenia’s military-political leadership is responsible for the latest escalation.”

In early August, tensions flared as Azerbaijan said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed and more than a dozen injured.

The neighbours fought two wars — in the 1990s and in 2020 — over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan’s Armenian-populated enclave.

Six weeks of fighting in autumn 2020 claimed more than 6,500 lives and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.

Under the deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Moscow deployed some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce.

During EU-mediated talks in Brussels in May and April, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to “advance discussions” on a future peace treaty.

Following its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, an increasingly isolated Moscow lost its status as the primary mediator in the conflict.

The European Union has since led the Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation process, which involves peace talks, border delimitation and the reopening of transport links.

Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The ensuing conflict claimed around 30,000 lives.

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Posted 09 September 2022 - 08:41 AM

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WCC releases minute on consequences of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war

The World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly released a minute entitled Consequences of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war,” in which it reiterated its condemnation of the use of chemical weapons and cluster munitions, the targeting of civilians, hospitals and public infrastructure, and all other war crimes, beheadings, torture and other atrocities witnessed during the conflict.

Almost two years after the end of the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, hundreds of ethnic Armenians are still illegally held by Azerbaijan, in violation of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War,” reads the minute. It further notes, that while the worlds attention is fixed on the conflict in Ukraine, Azerbaijani forces are reported to have launched new assaults on Indigenous Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh as well as on the sovereign borders of the Republic of Armenia, with further loss of innocent lives and more prisoners taken. 

The minute, appeals to the United Nations, European Union and authorities of Azerbaijan for the immediate release of all Armenian civilian hostages and POWs in accordance with international law.

The assembly minute also reiterates concern for holy sites and Armenian cultural heritage in the region, and urges UNESCO and all members of the international community to take all possible and appropriate measures to protect these sites.”

The text calls for the start of meaningful dialogue for a just and peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group, as well as requests the WCC and all member churches to remain engaged in Christian solidarity with the churches and people of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in their search for a just and sustainable peace.”

Minute on consequences of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war

Livestream of the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany

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Posted 13 September 2022 - 06:42 AM

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Azerbaijan prepares new provocation, warns Ambassador-at-large Edmon Marukyan

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 12, ARMENPRESS. Ambassador-at-large Edmon Marukyan says that Azerbaijan is preparing a new provocation by spreading false statements accusing the Armenian side in opening fire in various directions of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

 

In a statement, Marukyan said that last week the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense spread fake reports virtually every day falsely accusing the Armenian military in opening fire in various parts of the line of contact and that the shooting was suppressed by countermeasures.

 
 

“Naturally the Armenian side’s defense agencies are denying these reports, noting that not a single military detachment of the Armenian side has opened fire in direction of Azerbaijan.

Many are asking why Azerbaijan is carrying out this disinformation in such organized and consistent manner: we all know that whenever Azerbaijan is planning new border provocations it organizes the fake basis for the information legitimization of this provocation.

All actors of the international community who are interested in the Armenian-Azerbaijani peace process and resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict must very closely follow and clearly realize that Azerbaijan has again launched preparations for a provocation.

In this situation an international targeted reaction could prevent the new forthcoming provocation,” Marukyan said.

 

 

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Posted 13 September 2022 - 06:43 AM

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Artsakh military denies Azerbaijani accusations on shelling

 
 
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STEPANAKERT, SEPTEMBER 12, ARMENPRESS. The Defense Army of Artsakh is denying the accusations by the Azerbaijani Defense ministry on shelling Azerbaijani positions in the north-western direction of Artsakh.

 

“The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense statement claiming that the Defense Army detachments shelled Azerbaijani positions to the north-west of the Republic of Artsakh on September 11 is false,” the Artsakh Defense Army said in a statement.

 

 

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Posted 13 September 2022 - 06:44 AM

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Two villages in Artsakh come under 30-minute heavy machine gun fire from Azerbaijani forces

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 12, ARMENPRESS. The villages of Karmir Shuka and Taghavard in Artsakh’s Martuni region were shelled for 30 minutes by Azerbaijani military forces deployed nearby.

 

The shooting took place from 04:00 until 04:30 on September 12.

 
 

The Azerbaijani forces, deployed in front of the towns, used various types and various caliber small arms and heavy machine guns in the shooting, the Human Rights Defender of Artsakh Gegham Stepanyan said in a statement. He also released images showing the damage from the shooting.

Two civilian homes were hit in Karmir Shuka. In one of the homes, all 4 members of the household, including one child, were asleep when the shooting began. A bullet struck the window and penetrated into the bedroom.

A home in Taghavard was also damaged. Authorities found a 12.7×108mm bullet in the yard of the home fired from a DShK heavy machine gun.

The Human Rights Defender’s Office continues collecting information on damages.

 

“These actions are yet another evidence of Azerbaijan’s criminal conduct against the lives, physical and psychological inviolability of the people of Artsakh and Azerbaijan’s policy of ethnic cleansing against the people of Artsakh which is aimed at terrorizing those living in Artsakh and disrupting their normal lives and activities,” the Ombudsman said.

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Posted 13 September 2022 - 06:47 AM

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Marianna Mkrtchyan Azerbaijan preparing new border provocation - Edmon Marukyan

ArmInfo.Azerbaijan is once again preparing a border provocation, Armenian Ambassador-at-Large Edmon Marukyan believes. 

In a Facebook message, commenting on the latest processes, Mr  Marukyan points to daily false reports by Azerbaijan's Ministry of  Defense that the Armenian side is violating the ceasefire in  different sections of the line of contact and was neutralized. 

Of course, the Armenian side refutes the reports. 

"Many people ask why Azerbaijan is persistently disseminating  disinformation. We all know that before its regular border  provocation Azerbaijan organizes a disinformation campaign to  legitimate it. 

"All the actors of international community are concerned with the  Armenian-Azerbaijani peace process and settlement of the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. So they must closely follow and be  perfectly aware of Azerbaijan preparing one more provocation," Mr  Marukyan wrote. He is sure that an international response can prevent  the preparation another provocation. 

Since early September, Azerbaijan's defense office has been  disseminating daily reports on alleged ceasefire violations by the  Armenian side. The Armenian side his refuting all the reports.  Moreover, an Armenian serviceman was killed by an Azerbaijani sniper  last week.

 



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Posted 13 September 2022 - 06:48 AM

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Azerbaijan launches massive artillery, drone bombardment of Armenian positions in Goris, Sotk and Jermuk

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 13, ARMENPRESS. Starting 00:05, September 13, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched intensive artillery and large caliber firearm shelling of Armenian positions in the direction of Goris, Sotk and Jermuk.
The Azerbaijani forces are also using UAVs in the attack, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said.
 
 


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Posted 13 September 2022 - 06:49 AM

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Intense firefight continues after Azerbaijani attack

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 13, ARMENPRESS. The intense firefight which began as a result of the large-scale Azerbaijani provocation still continues, the Armenian Ministry of Defense spokesperson Aram Torosyan said.
“The Armed Forces of Armenia are taking adequate countermeasures. The Ministry of Defense will regularly issue official updates on the developments,” he added.
Starting 00:05, September 13, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched intense artillery and large caliber firearm shelling of Armenian positions in the direction of Goris, Sotk and Jermuk.
The Azerbaijani forces are also using UAVs in the attack, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said.
 
 





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