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    Nagorno-Karabakh: Flare-Up Between Armenia, Azerbaijan (86)

    The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), Arayik Harutyunyan, said that the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan that took effect at noon on Saturday was not fully observed over the weekend.

    No shelling occurred in the capital of the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) overnight from Sunday to Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

    On Monday morning, air raid sirens went off in Stepanakert for about five minutes, starting from around 7:27 a.m. local time (3:27 GMT), according to a Sputnik correspondent, who says that it was likely that a reconnaissance drone was spotted by the radars. Local eyewitnesses said that two or three explosions were heard somewhere far from the city.

    Over the weekend, Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said that two towns had been shelled by Azerbaijan despite the active ceasefire brokered by Russia, while Baku claimed that the city of Ganja was attacked with missiles from the territory of Armenia, an accusation that has strongly been denied by Yerevan.

    Clashes along the contact line of the disputed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted in late September abd have been ongoing since then, leaving hundreds dead on the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides. During the Friday talks in Moscow, foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire, however, the parties to the conflict have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce.

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    • 03:43

      Erdogan Calls for EU's Consistent Position on Azerbaijan's Integrity

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during phone talks with European Council President Charles Michel, called on the EU to take a consistent position on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan amid the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Turkish leader's administration said.

      "President Erdogan said during telephone talks with Charles Michel that Armenia, which invaded the territory of Azerbaijan, also threatened the security of Europe's energy supply by attacking the city of Ganja and the Tovuz region, where gas pipelines and oil pipelines are located, and called on the EU to take a consistent position on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," it said.

    • 21:35

      Humanitarian Crisis Looming Over Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Prime Minister Warns

      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says there is a threat of a humanitarian crisis in the conflict-ridden Nagorno-Karabakh region, where ongoing ceasefire violations have been reported.

      "We are very close to a humanitarian crisis in the area of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, if not to say that we are already facing a humanitarian crisis," Pashinyan said on Monday, as quoted in a cabinet statement.

      He added that recognizing the right of the people of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh) to self-governance, "up to the point of recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence" could help resolve the humanitarian issues.

      According to Pashinyan, the Minsk Group of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) should continue with its efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in line with the Moscow statement. The Armenian prime minister thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the leaders of France and the US for their efforts to stop violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    • 21:05

      Civilian Death Toll From Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh Rises to 31 - Ombudsman

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Artak Beglaryan, the human rights ombudsman of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, said on Monday that at least 31 civilians had died since the hostilities broke out in the disputed region last month.

      On Sunday, the civilian death toll in the conflict-torn region stood at 25.

      "On the recent days 3 wounded civilians have died at hospital. Also my staff today was informed on 3 new unreported civilian deaths who were killed by #Azerbaijan. So, the overall civilian casualties is now at least 31 in #Artsakh/#Karabakh, we'll publish the updated names later," Beglaryan wrote on Twitter.

    • 17:35

      Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Minsk Group Co-Chair Discuss Karabakh

      Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko, US co-chair of the Minsk Group of the OSCE Andrew Schaefer and envoy of the current chair of the OSCE on Nagorno-Karabakh Andrzej Kasprzyk discussed the situation in the Karabakh region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

      "In this conversation, the situation with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed," the ministry said, adding that the sides spoke about ways to implement the agreements reached at a Moscow meeting of foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia.

    • 14:14

      Russian Defense Minister, Turkish Counterpart Discuss Stabilization in Karabakh

      Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akara discussed the situation in Karabakh, Syria and Libya on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

      "The defence chiefs of Russia and Turkey discussed stabilization in Nagorno-Karabakh and exchanged opinions on the situation in Syria and Libya," the ministry said in a press release.

    • 13:47

      Armenian FM Says Military Resolution of Karabakh Conflict Will Become Catastrophe For Everyone

    • 13:31

      Watch Azerbaijan's UAVs Allegedly Downed by Karabakh's Forces

    • 12:18

      Yerevan, Baku in Talks on Karabakh Ceasefire Verification Mechanisms, Armenian FM Says

      Yerevan and Baku are already discussing the creation of mechanisms for verification of compliance with the Karabakh ceasefire, with mediation provided by Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said on Monday.

      "Quite substantial consultations on the matter are ongoing. We have said in the joint statement that the implementation of the ceasefire and the verification mechanisms are a priority task ... We are engaged in consultations with the ICRC representatives, and negotiations between the sides are also ongoing, with Russia's mediation," Mnatsakanyan said at a press conference, held after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    • 12:10

      Russian FM Lavrov Says Turkey Supports Karabakh Agreement Between Armenia, Azerbaijan Concluded in Moscow

      Turkey supports the agreement on Karabakh ceasefire, which Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers reached in Moscow late last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

      "I contacted the minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and informed him that we are counting on the support of our efforts, and on Sunday we had another telephone conversation, during which the support of the Moscow document was confirmed [by Turkey]," Lavrov said at a press conference, held after talks with his Armenian counterpart.

    • 12:04

      Baku Denies Armenian MoD's Claims That Karabakh Forces Have Downed Its Su-25

       The Azeri Defense Ministry on Monday refuted the claim of Armenia about Azeri Su-25 being downed in Karabakh by the local air defence equipment.

      "The Armenian Defense Ministry's statement about yet another alleged 'downed' Azeri jet Su-25 is a blatant lie that arose from desperation. Azerbaijan is not using its combat aircraft and we are fully in compliance with the humanitarian ceasefire," the head of the Azeri Defence Ministry's press service said.

    • 12:00

      Armenian Foreign Ministry Claims Turkey Redeploying Militants From Syria, Libya to Nagorno-Karabakh Can Incite Terrorism in the Region and Beyond

      Turkey redeploying militants from Syrian and Libya to the Karabakh region could lead to the flare-up of terrorism in the region and beyond, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said Monday.

      "Having used the help of pro-Turkish armed terrorists, Azerbaijan became the platform for Turkey to expand its influence and the hotbed of international terrorism in our region. The policy of fueling and encouraging terrorist organizations and allowing them to passage to the Southern Caucasus may lead to a new flare-up of violence and terrorism in our region and beyond its borders," the minister said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    • 11:58

      Nagorno-Karabakh's Commision on Prisoners Says It's Ready to Begin Exchange of the Wounded, Bodies With Azerbaijan

      The commission on prisoner issues of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh said Monday it was ready to begin exchanging the wounded and the bodies of the dead with Azerbaijan.

      "In light of the statement that was adopted on October 10, 2020, with Russia's mediation, on the ceasefire in the Azeri-Karabakh conflict in order to exchange prisoners of war, the bodies of the dead troops and civilians, the state commission of the Republic of Artsakh [as the republic calls itself] on the issues related to prisoners of war, hostages and missing in action says it is ready to carry out the humanitarian activities listed in the statement," the commission said.

    • 11:33

      Armenian MoD Says Karabakh Forces Have Destroyed Azerbaijan's Su-25

      The Karabakh military's anti-air defense units have destroyed an Azerbaijani Su-25 fighter, the Armenian Defense Ministry's spokeswoman, Shushan Stepanyan, said on Monday.

      "The Azerbaijan Air Forces are using Su-25 fighters, covered by Turkey's F-16, along the entire line of contact. The anti-air defense units of the Artsakh [Karabakh] Defense Army have downed a Su-25 of the adversary in the north-east," Stepanyan wrote on Facebook.

    • 10:20

      Azerbaijani President Says Baku Committed to Ceasefire Regime at Contact Line in Karabakh

      "We have been committed to the ceasefire since it entered force," Aliyev said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haber Global.

      The Azeri president said Armenia had breached the truce, but Baku was "showing restraint."

      "First of all, it [the agreement] expects the sides to exchange bodies of the military personnel, exchange the wounded based on humanitarian ideals. We have wanted to do this from day one, but Armenia did not want to," Aliyev said.

      Azerbaijan prefers to resolve the issue peacefully but is determined to see the matter through, Aliyev said.

    • 10:19

      Azerbaijani President Claims Country's Military Has Seized Control Over Several Settlements in Karabakh

      "Every day, we gain control over a city or a settlement located on the occupied territories. I can say today that certain settlements are under our full control. We have not yet entered them, there is no need from the military point of view. We will make announcements soon," Aliev said in an interview with Turkey's Haber Global broadcaster.

    • 10:18

      Azerbaijani President Claims Country's Military Has Seized Control Over Several Settlements in Karabakh

    • 09:19

      Armenian FM Says Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Verification Mechanisms Needed

      "We keep receiving information that Azerbaijan is not complying with its obligations regarding the ceasefire. With that in mind, I would like to stress the importance of introducing verification mechanisms that will help ensure that the ceasefire is being upheld," the Armenian minister said at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

      According to Mnatsakanyan, the Azeri air force has attacked more than 120 towns and villages in the Karabakh, including the region's largest city — Stepanakert.

      Russia's role is very important with regard to the ceasefire in Karabakh, the Armenian minister said.

    • 09:16

      Russian FM Lavrov Says He Hopes Russia's Contacts With Yerevan, Baku to Promote Karabakh Ceasefire Implementation

    • 09:14

      Russian FM Lavrov Says Karabakh Ceasefire Isn't Fully Complied With

      "We spent last Friday and Saturday, at least part of Saturday, in this building, together with your Azerbaijani counterpart. An important agreement was reached at the initiative of [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin. We see that this agreement is not yet fully implemented, as combat activities continue," Lavrov told Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

    • 07:52

      Armenian Authorities Say Azerbaijani Troops Have Launched Offensive Operations Across Front Line

    • 06:48

      Luxembourg's Asselborn on Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey is NATO Partner, Should Also Push for Ceasefire

    • 06:27

      Yerevan Announces Destruction of 514 Azeri Armoured Vehicles Since Beginning of Conflict

    • 05:35

      Armenia Says Azerbaijan Resumed Artillery Fire in the Morning

    • 05:14

      Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry Reports Shelling of Western Agdam Region

      The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry on Monday accused the Armenian forces of shelling the Agdam region on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh, where the armed conflict has entered its third week now.

      "The territory of the Agdam region was subjected to shelling of the Armenian defense forces," the Azerbaijani ministry said.


    • 05:03

      Calm Night Reported in Stepanakert on Sunday

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