Although yesterday the two sides confirmed the constancy of the truce, Turkey today entered the line of crisis between Armenia and Azerbaijan, accusing the former of provoking Baku. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Wednesday that it is Armenia that is raising tensions, calling on it to stop the “provocations”.
He also added in a joint press conference with his Bahraini counterpart Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, aired in television, “Armenia should take all measures for the pace with Azerbaijan “.
On the other hand, Cavusoglu claimed to have argued with Al-Zayani, in visit in Turkey, a number of issues in the region, including Yemen and Syria.
In turn, the Bahraini minister said he had discussed with his Turkish counterpart about security and political developments in the region and their repercussions on the pace and stability.
The fiercest clash since the armistice
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced today that seven soldiers were killed in the battles that took place Tuesday with the Armenian forces near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
He also indicated that ten soldiers were wounded in the clashes, the most violent since the end of the war between Yerevan and Baku last year.
For its part, Armenia announced the killing of one soldier, the loss of 24 others and the capture of 13 during the clashes, noting that it had lost two military sites that had passed under Baku’s control.
This came after the clashes that broke out on Tuesday between the two sides, following an escalation lasting several weeks, between these two rival countries in the Caucasus, in the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
However, Yerevan returned and announced in evening of having reached a truce with Azerbaijan following the Russian “mediation” after a day of clashes between the forces of the two countries close to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.
Interestingly, recent battles reflect the fragile border balance, nearly a year (2020) from the end of the bloody six-week conflict between the two countries. The clashes took place despite the deployment of forces of pace Russians in the region since November 2020, as part of a ceasefire agreement negotiated by President Vladimir Putin to end last year’s (2020) war.
Interestingly, Nagorno-Karabakh, which is backed by Yerevan, which is inhabited by an Armenian majority, separated from Azerbaijan upon the fall of the Soviet Union, which led to the outbreak of the first war in the 1990s which resulted in the death of 30,000 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands.
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