YEREVAN/BAKU: Armenian and Azeri forces faced a new clash on Friday, ignoring hopes to end the nearly three-week battle over the territory of Nago Renault-Karabakh, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo armed Azeris to the situation. Blame Turkey for burning it. The worst violence occurred in the southern Caucasus after the wars over the territory of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the 1990s, especially in Russia and Turkey, where there is a risk of humanitarian disaster.
Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but the Armenian people live and rule. Turkey increased military exports to Azerbaijan this year by six times. Russia is close to both sides, but it has a defense agreement with Armenia. The news agency RIA reports that the Russian Navy has initiated a planned military exercise in the Caspian Sea.
There were further signs that a Russian-mediated ceasefire on Friday agreed that the two sides could replace inmates last Saturday, and the bodies of those who died were almost destroyed. Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of attacking each other, saying that each had an upper hand.
Armenian Defense Ministry official Atsrun Hovanishian said Azerbaijan had fired fire on Nago Renault-Karabakh from the north and “it completely ignored the humanitarian truce.” He added that the Azeri army was repelled and suffered significant losses.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense said that the Nago Renault-Karabakh forces were forced to retreat, and that the Azeri forces maintained an edge along the line of contact dividing the two sides. Reuters was unable to independently verify these reports. Baku also accused Yerevan of making a missile attack against Ordubad in the Nakhchiban Autonomous Region, which belongs to Azerbaijan but is surrounded by Armenia and Iran. Armenia denied such attacks.
Nago Renault-Karabakh Ministry of Defense reported that the number of soldiers killed after the outbreak of the battle on September 27 was 633, a further increase of 29, a local ombudsman said the civilian death toll is now a total of 34. Azerbaijan did not disclose military casualties. The Azeri Prosecutors’ Office said 47 civilians were killed and 222 wounded.
Hostilities close to Azerbaijan’s pipeline of transporting gas and oil to global markets are raising concerns that Turkey and Russia, already sweeping Syria and Libya from Europe and the United States, will be taken away. Pompeo told broadcaster WSB Atlanta that Turkey is a dispute that demands a diplomatic settlement rather than “third-party countries coming in to lend firepower to the gunpowder barrels in the situation”.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Pompeii O’s remarks were inconsistent with the US government’s official statement on the dispute. Referencing a committee created by OSCE Security Watchers to mediate in Nagorno-Karabakh, “These comments are also inconsistent with the US status of being one of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group.”
Ankara accuses Armenia of illegally occupying Azeri territory. Armenia says Turkey has endangered Armenian civilians by encouraging Azerbaijan to pursue a military solution to the conflict. The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls for foreign minister Jorab Manasseh Kanyan to “neutralize” Azeri’s actions, which raised the “existential dangers of the Nago Renault-Karabakh people” by phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Said that you have requested
Meanwhile, Iran tweeted that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Jaraf had offered help in the peace process in Tehran on Azeri’s side.
The conflict between the two former Soviet republics risks further damaging their economies, already hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and weak oil prices in the case of Azerbaijan. With 43,280 COVID-19 cases, Azerbaijan said it would shut down secondary schools in the capital Baku from October 19 to November 2 and shut down the underground railway system.
Armenia said it had increased to 61,460 on Friday. The World Bank predicted a 6.3% decline in Armenia’s economy this year and Azerbaijan’s 4.2% decline in forecasts made before the battle began.