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Cease-fire continues to hold between Armenia, Azerbaijan
A ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, held for a second day on Friday, has halted an outbreak of fighting that has killed more than 200 soldiers on both sides. The Armenian Defense Ministry said the situation on the border with Azerbaijan has remained calm since then.
The ceasefire came into effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday and no violations were reported. The ceasefire declaration was followed by two days of fierce fighting that marked the largest outbreak of hostilities in almost two years. Armenia and Azerbaijan traded blame for the bombing on Baku for unprovoked aggression and Azerbaijani officials saying their country responded to Armenian attacks.
“When we say that Azerbaijan carried out aggression against Armenia, it means that they managed to take control of some areas,” he was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Tass. Armenia and Azerbaijan have beenagainst each other over Nagorno-Karabakh topic for decades. , a mountainous enclave recognized as part of Azerbaijan while also housing a large Armenian population.
On Friday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told parliament that at least 135 Armenian soldiers had been killed in the fighting, reversing his earlier statement that 105 were killed in the fighting. Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said Thursday it had lost 71.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Pashinyan, he said. Putin called for calm after violence erupted, and other countries called for restraint on both sides. help restore its territorial integrity.
Putin is expected to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Friday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Russian leader is also in talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country has given strong support to Azerbaijan.
What’s the main reason behind Armenia and Azerbaijan conflict?
During a six-week war in 2020, Azerbaijan recaptured large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas from Armenian forces. More than 6,700 people were killed in the fighting, which ended in a Russian-brokered peace deal. Moscow has deployed around 2,000 troops to the region to serve as peacekeepers under the deal.
Pashinyan said his government has asked Russia for military support in the face of recent clashes under a friendship treaty, and has also asked for support from the Moscow-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization. The former Soviet Nations Security Group responded by sending a team of senior officials to Armenia.
On Wednesday, Pashinyan told lawmakers that Armenia is ready to recognize Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in a future peace treaty, provided that it relinquishes control of areas in Armenia its forces have seized.
Pashinyan called Russian President Vladimir Putin when the hostilities erupted, and they had another call Friday to discuss the situation.
Yerevan’s plea for help has put the Kremlin in a precarious position as it has sought to maintain close relations with Armenia, which hosts a Russian military base, and also develop warm ties with energy-rich Azerbaijan.