YEREVAN, Armenia — Fighting on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan killed about 100 troops Tuesday as assaults on either side fed fears of broader hostilities breaking out between the longtime adversaries.
Armenia mentioned at the least 49 of its troopers have been killed; Azerbaijan mentioned it misplaced 50.
The combating erupted minutes after midnight with Azerbaijani forces unleashing an artillery barrage and drone assaults in lots of sections of Armenian territory, in line with Armenia’s Protection Ministry. It mentioned shelling grew much less intense through the day however Azerbaijani troops have been attempting to advance into Armenian territory.
Azerbaijan’s Overseas Ministry mentioned it was responding to a “large-scale provocation” by Armenia late Monday and early Tuesday. It mentioned Armenian troops planted mines and fired on Azerbaijani navy positions.
The 2 international locations have been locked in a decades-old battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is a part of Azerbaijan however has been below the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist warfare there resulted in 1994.
Azerbaijan reclaimed broad swaths of Nagorno-Karabakh in a six-week warfare in 2020 that killed greater than 6,600 folks and ended with a Russia-brokered peace deal. Moscow deployed about 2,000 troops to the area to function peacekeepers below the deal.
The Russian Overseas Ministry on Tuesday urged each events “to chorus from additional escalation and present restraint.” Moscow has engaged in a fragile balancing act in searching for to take care of pleasant ties with each ex-Soviet nations. It has sturdy financial and safety ties with Armenia, which hosts a Russian navy base, whereas additionally has been growing shut cooperation with oil-rich Azerbaijan.
The worldwide group additionally urged calm.
U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres urged Armenia and Azerbaijan “to take quick steps to deescalate tensions, train most restraint and resolve any excellent points by means of dialogue” and implement earlier agreements, his spokesman mentioned.
The U.N. Safety Council scheduled closed consultations Wednesday on the renewed combating.
Armenian Prime minister Nikol Pashinyan delivers his speech on the Nationwide Meeting of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.
Tigran Mehrabyan—PAN Photograph/AP
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan known as Russian President Vladimir Putin and later additionally had calls with French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone together with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with each Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev. The U.S. has a particular envoy within the area, Blinken mentioned, “and my hope is that we are able to transfer this from battle again to the negotiating desk and again to attempting to construct a peace.”
Talking in parliament early Tuesday, Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of getting had an uncompromising stance at latest European Union-brokered talks in Brussels.
Armenia mentioned the Azerbaijani shelling Tuesday broken civilian infrastructure and wounded an unspecified variety of folks.
On Fb, Aliyev expressed condolences “to the households and relations of our servicemen who died on September 13 whereas stopping large-scale provocations dedicated by the Armenian armed forces within the course of the Kalbajar, Lachin, Dashkasan and Zangilan areas of Azerbaijan.”
Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, additionally positioned the blame for the violence on Armenia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed help for Aliyev and mentioned in an announcement that Turkey and Azerbaijan are “brotherly … in all issues.”
The governor of Gegharkunik province, one of many areas that got here below Azerbaijani shelling, mentioned there was a 40-minute lull within the combating, apparently reflecting Moscow’s try to barter a truce, earlier than it later resumed. The governor, Karen Sarkisyan, mentioned 4 Armenian troops in his area have been killed and one other 43 have been wounded by the shelling.
The Armenian authorities mentioned it could formally ask Russia for help below a friendship treaty between the international locations, and in addition attraction to the United Nations and the Collective Safety Treaty Group, a Moscow-dominated safety alliance of ex-Soviet nations.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov kept away from touch upon Armenia’s request however added throughout a convention name with reporters that Putin was “taking each effort to assist de-escalate tensions.
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