Tensions flare between Azerbaijan and Armenia after 7 killed in latest clash

The EU has known as on Azerbaijan and Armenia to point out “restraint” after essentially the most lethal navy clashes between the 2 foes in additional than six months killed not less than seven troopers.

Each side exchanged artillery and machine gun fireplace over their disputed and unmarked border on Tuesday night, with Azerbaijan warning it “will proceed to take all mandatory measures . . . to forestall provocations” from its neighbour.

The 2 former Soviet republics have fought for many years over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, a majority-Armenian area beforehand managed by Armenia that was largely captured by Azerbaijan in a full-scale struggle between the 2 international locations in 2020.

Tuesday’s clashes, which killed not less than three Azerbaijani and 4 Armenian troopers, have been essentially the most lethal since a whole bunch of troops have been killed or wounded in a flare-up in September final yr.

The trade of fireside occurred close to Tegh, a village on the contested Lachin hall which hyperlinks the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. Each side claimed that troops from their different facet had initiated the taking pictures.

The EU, which is main a set of negotiations with each events geared toward mutual recognition of the border between the 2 international locations, stated on Wednesday it “deplores the armed clashes” and known as for “restraint and for the settlement of all disputes by peaceable means”.

Russia, which has about 2,000 troops stationed within the area as peacekeepers after brokering a ceasefire to finish the full-scale battle in 2020, stated it had reached out to each side in an try to decrease tensions.

“Russian forces responded to the incident by contacting the accountable events in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and taking steps in direction of de-escalation,” overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Wednesday.

Moscow has a mutual defence pact with Armenia however can be eager on sustaining shut ties with Azerbaijan, which counts Turkey as its key ally.

Russia’s efforts to barter a diplomatic final result between the 2 sides — working in parallel with the EU observe — are seen as a key check of its regional clout and the geopolitical impression of its struggle in close by Ukraine.

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of making an attempt to blockade the Lachin hall and reduce off Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenian residents from meals, gasoline and medicines. Azerbaijan denies this declare however says it’s stopping weapons from being smuggled into the enclave.

Further reporting by Anastasia Stognei in Riga

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