Nagorno-Karabakh: Russia calls for restraint after bloody clashes

At least one Azerbaijani soldier was killed in the fighting, according to the country’s foreign ministry.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry also stated that there were “victims and wounded” as a result of the clashes, but did not specify how many and to which side they belonged. He also called on the world to intervene to stop Azerbaijan’s “aggressive behavior and actions.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia was “concerned,” according to Reuters.

“We are watching very closely, we are naturally concerned about the deterioration of the situation,” he said on Thursday. “We ask the parties to show restraint and, most importantly, to comply with all the provisions of the tripartite documents.”

Both sides accuse each other of attacking military positions in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree on a ceasefire after a clash at the border, the Armenian Defense Ministry reports

Russia, Armenia’s security ally, has maintained peacekeeping forces in the region since a ceasefire agreement in early November 2020 ended a nearly two-month-long conflict that left at least 6,500 dead, according to Reuters.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday also accused Azerbaijani forces of violating the ceasefire, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

“The command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, together with representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides, is taking measures to stabilize the situation,” the ministry said in a statement, TASS reports.

On Wednesday, the European Union called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

“It is important to de-escalate, fully respect the ceasefire and return to the negotiating table to find agreed solutions,” the EU spokesman said in a statement.

Nagorno-Karabakh is inhabited and controlled by ethnic Armenians who are assisted by the Armenian diaspora.

It is located on the territory of Azerbaijan and is connected to Armenia by a road known as the Lachin corridor, where clashes took place on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan has long stated that it will return to itself the territory recognized at the international level as Azerbaijani. Control over the territory became a matter of national pride for both countries.

The unrest in Nagorno-Karabakh dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the region, backed by Armenia, declared independence from Azerbaijan.

With an additional message from Reuters.