Iran fears regional war as fighting rages around Nagorno-Karabakh

The Iranian president warned on Wednesday that fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in the South Caucasus could lead to a regional war as the death toll from the 11th hostilities rose.

Iran fears regional war as fighting rages around Nagorno-Karabakh

More than 300 people have now been killed’ in new fighting in and around the mountainous siege of Nagorno-Karabakh, which belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is ruled by a population and ethnic Armenians.


Azerbaijan says Azerbaijan cities outside the conflict zone have also been’ attacked in the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years, bringing the fighting closer to the region from where pipelines carry Azeri gas and oil to Europe. Take away


Iran, which borders Armenia and Azerbaijan, has raised concerns with both former Soviet republics that Azerbaijan's closest ally, Russia, which has a defense pact with Armenia, could be embroiled in the conflict. Is.


"We must be careful that the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan does not become a regional war," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised remark.


"Peace is the basis of our work and we hope that stability in the region will be restored peacefully."


"Iran will not allow the states to send terrorists to our borders under various pretexts," he said.


In a new call for a ceasefire, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised interview that the incidents were a tragedy and that Moscow was deeply concerned.


The head of Russia's SVR Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, said on Tuesday that the conflict was attracting people he described as Middle Eastern mercenaries and terrorists.


Nagorno-Karabakh could be a launchpad for Islamist militants to enter Russia and other states in the region, Naryshkin said.


Turkey has denied involvement in the conflict, denying allegations made by French President Emmanuel Macron and by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that Turkey has used Syrian jihadists to fight the conflict. Has been’ sent.


"Terrorist Attack"


But reiterating the allegations in a commentary to Sky News, Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Pashinyan said on Wednesday that Turkey's and Azerbaijan's actions during the conflict amounted to a "terrorist attack."


"I have no doubt that this is a policy to continue the Armenian genocide and restore the Turkish Empire," Pashinyan said.


Between 1915 and 1923, about 1.5 million Armenians were killed’ under Ottoman rule.


Turkey admits that many Armenians living in the kingdom during World War I were killed’ in clashes with Ottoman forces, but contradicts the figures and denies that the killings were systematic and racist. Were killed’.


Nagorno-Karabakh said the total number of military deaths since September 27 was 280, with 40 more killed. According to him, 19 fighters have also been killed’ and several others injured, including fighter jets and drones. Artillery and tanks, and extensive damage.


The Azeri prosecutor's office says 28 Azerbaijanis have been killed’ in the renewed fighting. Azerbaijan has not disclosed information about its military casualties.


Mediation efforts led by Russia, France and the United States have failed to stop the intermittent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, which broke away from Baku's control in the 1991-94 war that killed nearly 30,000 people. Were


Putin said he was in constant contact with Pashinyan and Russia's TASS news agency reported that Azeri President Ilham Aliyev had also spoken to Putin on the phone.


Drawing further diplomatic conclusions from the conflict, Athens said it had recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan following "baseless and aggressive" allegations by the Azerbaijani government that Greece tolerated militants on its soil.


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