Armenia, Azerbaijan accused of violating ceasefire

Azerbaijan and Armenia have dealt with Russia over allegations of ceasefire violations following an inhumane agreement reached in overnight talks with two former Soviet republics.


Armenia, Azerbaijan accused of violating ceasefire

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says Armenians continue to fire on positions in the south, east and northeast of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenia's Defense Ministry has denied the allegations and accused it of attacking Baku, while the armed forces in Nagorno-Karabakh said in a Facebook post that they were "retaliating" with Azerbaijan in the south.


Moscow held its first round of talks with bitter rivals to try to prevent the worst fighting in decades over Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory in the South Caucasus. The ceasefire was to begin at 12 noon. Local time


After more than 10 hours of talks, the Russian military's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Armenia and Azerbaijan had "concrete talks" to resolve the long-running regional conflict and set parameters for a ceasefire. Will start. The two sides agreed to exchange prisoners and recover the bodies of those killed in the fighting, which erupted about two weeks ago.


As the meeting began, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev warned that this was the last chance to resolve the conflict. Earlier, they vowed to continue the military operation until the Armenian forces agreed to leave Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding seven districts, which are internationally recognized’ as part of Azerbaijan.


"We will get our land back through peace or war," Aliyev told the nation in a televised address on Friday. We want to do it in peace. We are giving Armenia one last chance.


Armenia says it has been defending Nagorno-Karabakh's right to self-determination since the Armenian majority declared independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held marathon talks with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts on September 27, leaving a trail of hundreds of people killed and destroyed in fierce fighting following the fall of the conflict. The warring parties have repeatedly ignored France's call for a ceasefire. Russia and the United States, the so-called Minsk group of mediators, have accused each other of targeting civilians. Azerbaijan called on Turkey, which has backed it in the dispute, to join the mediation.


Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of fighting Turkey to join the fight and inciting extremists from Syria. Both Ankara and Baku have denied taking part in the fighting or the presence of Syrian militants.


Reiterating Turkey's full support for Azerbaijan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday, "Although the humanitarian agreement is an important step in the exchange of hostages and bodies of the dead, it is a lasting solution. It won't happen. "


Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said in a Bloomberg TV interview on Friday that he had asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to "put pressure on Turkey not to join." He said Armenia had "no other choice" but would recognize Nagorno-Karabakh's independence if the fighting continued.


The latest attempt to restore the ceasefire comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone with Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke with Aliyev and Pashinyan.


Vladimir Frolov, a foreign affairs expert and former diplomat in Moscow, said, Putin could no longer avoid interfering in Russia's former Soviet backyard crisis.


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