Armenia announced on Tuesday that it had reached a ceasefire with Russia’s “mediated” Azerbaijan after a day of fighting near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. This raised fears of a resumption of hostilities between Baku and Yerevan. “With the mediation of the Russian side, a ceasefire agreement has been reached on the eastern border of Armenia from 6.30 pm” (GMT 2.30 pm), the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
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Azerbaijan They blamed each other throughout the day, accusing each other of “aggression” and “provocation”. Armenia initially announced several “deaths” on the Armenian side in these wars.
Putin spoke to the Prime Minister of Armenia
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by phone with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, urging both sides to “increase tensions. This should put an end to the operation.” To the Russian army. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Pacchinian in the evening.
Outbreak of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Who had already clashed in the battle for the Nagorno-Karabakh Enclave last year, These two rivalries raised fears of renewed hostility between the Caucasian countries. In this context, the President of the European Council Charles Michel spoke on the phone with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, calling for “urgent reduction of severity”.
These recent events illustrate the precarious balance between the powder keg of the Caucasus, almost a year after the end of the bloody six-week conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia. On Tuesday, Armenia claimed to have suffered human “losses” in the conflict with Azerbaijan, without giving any figures, and announced that it had lost control of “two military positions”. In addition, twelve Armenian soldiers were captured, according to the Armenian Defense Ministry, which confirmed that it had caused “significant losses” to Azerbaijani forces.
During a meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday, Nicole Pacchinian denounced the occupation as “an aggression against sovereign Armenian territory.” Council Secretary Armen Gregorian announced that Armenia, a member of the Moscow – led coalition, had called on Russia for help. For its part, Azerbaijan condemned the “large-scale provocation”, accusing Armenia of attacking positions in the Kalbazar and Lachin districts west of Nagorno-Karabakh. These districts were surrendered by Yerevan to Baguio last year.
The most serious conflicts since the end of the conflict
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense said the Armenian soldiers were abandoning their military positions in “panic” and that two Azerbaijani soldiers had been wounded. The fighting erupted despite the presence of Russian peacekeepers in the area, which was established in November 2020 as part of a ceasefire negotiated by Vladimir Putin to end the war last year. The current conflicts have been so intense since the end of this conflict that Armenia was forced to cede many parts of its territory to Azerbaijan.
The Nagorno-Karabakh mountain range, populated mainly by Armenians, was supported by Yerevan, which seceded from Azerbaijan after the fall of the Soviet Union, leading to the First War in the 1990s, which killed 30,000 people and created hundreds of thousands of refugees. The clashes came after weeks of growing tensions between the two former Soviet republics, which continue to report violent eruptions and casualties in their forces. They thus accused each other of firing on the border on Sunday.