Merdeka.com – The Azerbaijani and Armenian armies have clashed again, after decades of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. A total of 49 soldiers were reported killed in this latest incident.
Azerbaijan admits that one of its soldiers was killed. Armenia did not mention casualties, but said clashes lasted all night. Azerbaijan seized full control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region in a six-week conflict in 2020.
Russian media Interfax reported that the Armenian government said it was seeking a cooperation agreement with Russia and submitted applications to the Russian-led security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the UN Security Council.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and the US Secretary of State to discuss the issue.
Blinken urged both sides to stop fighting.
“Several positions, shelters and points occupied by the Azerbaijani armed forces were attacked with weapons of various calibers, including mortars, by units of the Armenian army,” Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said, quoted by Al Arabiya, Tuesday (13/9).
“As a result, there are personnel who become victims and damage to military infrastructure.”
Azerbaijan also said Armenian troops were engaged in intelligence activities on their border, transferring weapons to the area, and on Monday night carrying out excavation operations.
“Intensive shelling continues, triggered by large-scale provocations by the Azerbaijani side. The Armenian armed forces have launched a proportional response,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said.
The conflict between the two countries first broke out in the late 1980s when both sides were under Soviet rule and Armenian troops seized territory near Nagorno-Karabakh, which has long been recognized internationally as Azerbaijani territory but whose population is predominantly Armenian.
Azerbaijan retook the territory in the 2020 fighting, which ended in a Russian-facilitated ceasefire and thousands of residents returned to their homes after fleeing.
Leaders of the two countries have met several times since the 2020 conflict to finalize a peace agreement.
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