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    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)
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    Moscow hopes that the OSCE Minsk Group's call for cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region will help normalize the situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the OSCE Minsk Group on conflict settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh expressed concern on Saturday over resumed clashes in the contested region.

    "The Russian Foreign Ministry expresses hope that the call of the international mediators will help stabilize the situation in the conflict zone," the ministry said in a statement on its website.

    On April 2, Armenia and Azerbaijan noted a sharp escalation of the situation in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area, with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that has been in place since 1994.

    The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the Armenian-dominated autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. In September 2015, the conflict escalated, with the sides blaming each other for violating the truce.

    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)


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