Azerbaijan and Armenia are unable to maintain the truce. Four killed, nine wounded
BAKU, (BM) – Four Azerbaijani soldiers died in the battles with the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, the defense ministry in Baku announced on Sunday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. Armenia and the Arcach Republic speak of 9 wounded Azerbaijan, and Armenia again accuses each other of violating the ceasefire negotiated in November under Moscow’s aegis.
In response to the Azerbaijani accusation, the Armenian authorities inform about six wounded soldiers and claim that Azerbaijani troops carry out another military offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh. On Saturday, Armenian separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh announced three of their soldiers had been wounded in the Azerbaijani forces’ attack.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed. The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia. After six weeks of fighting, during which Baku gained significant advantage and territorial gains, a trilateral peace agreement was signed on the night of November 9-10.
It led to a ceasefire and deployed Russian peacekeepers in the region to remain there for at least five years. Armenia undertook to transfer to Azerbaijan the occupied territories in Nagorno-Karabakh and three adjacent areas. The road connecting Armenia with the separatist region’s capital, Stepanakert, is protected by Russian troops.
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