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    Last week, after talks mediated by Moscow, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, beginning 10 October, in order to exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed during the conflict. However, both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the deal.

    The decades-old conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic of Artsakh escalated on 27 September, with both Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of sparking military hostilities.

    The international community, including Russia, France, and the US, have urged the sides to the conflict to return to negotiations. Ankara, on the other hand, has voiced support for Baku, saying that it is ready to assist Azerbaijan "both in talks and in combat".

    The Nagorno-Karabakh standoff began in the late 1980s, with the predominantly Armenian-populated region proclaiming independence from Azerbaijan in 1991, citing ethnic discrimination against Armenians. Baku and Yerevan waged a full-scale war for the area between 1992 and 1994, which claimed the lives of an estimated 40,000 troops and civilians from both sides. A ceasefire was signed in 1994, but the conflict remained frozen, and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic still remains an unrecognised state.

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    • 03:45

      No State Provided Evidence of Mercenaries' Presence in Karabakh, President Aliyev Says

      "We don't need mercenaries, we have an army of more than 100,000 soldiers and what we are doing on the ground clearly shows that our army is capable of liberating these territories on its own", he said.

    • 23:19

      At Least 52 Syrian Mercenaries Killed Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh - Reports

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Fifty-two Syrian mercenaries were killed recently fighting for Azerbaijan against Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Washington Post reported citing relatives of the deceased.

      The mercenaries were recruited by Turkish-backed militants in Syria, the report said on Wednesday.

      The family members of two dead Syrian mercenaries told the newspaper the fighters had been promised a monthly salary and flew to Azerbaijan from southern Turkey.

      The report said Turkey denies sending Syrian fighters to help Azerbaijan.

    • 23:04

      Turkey Refused to Let Plane With US Humanitarian Aid Reach Armenia – Armenian Official

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) – Turkey has refused to allow a US plane with humanitarian assistance to cross its airspace to reach Armenia, the high commissioner for diaspora affairs at the Office of the Armenian prime minister said.

      "As for the moment, 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid is ready to be sent to Armenia, but Turkey banned the use of its airspace even for humanitarian supplies, which causes the delay of the flight", Zareh Sinanyan said on late Wednesday.

      He added that 700 tonnes of humanitarian aid had already been delivered to Armenia from abroad since the eruption of violence in Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    • 18:02

      Turkey’s Arms Sales to Azerbaijan Surge in Q3 of 2020 - Export Data

      Arms sales from Turkey to Azerbaijan increased more than 100 times year-on-year in the third quarter of 2020 and amounted to $113.5 million, according to data from the Turkish Union of Exporters.

      The lion’s share of the exports, worth over $76 million, was made in September, when the ongoing deadly Baku-Yerevan clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have erupted.

      Overall, Turkey’s military exports to Azerbaijan in the first nine months of the year amounted to over $123 million, a six-fold rise when compared to the same period of last year.

      Azerbaijan is so far the largest importer of Turkish arms this year.

      Turkey has been vocal in its support for Azerbaijan amid the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while Yerevan has accused Ankara of direct involvement in the clashes, something it has denied.

    • 16:58

      Putin, Erdogan Call for Intensification of Political Process on Karabakh, Kremlin Says

      Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the parties spoke in favor of intensifying the political process on Karabakh, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

      The conversation took place at the initiative of the Turkish side, it noted.

      "The situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed in detail. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of observing the humanitarian truce, an agreement on which was reached in Moscow on October 10. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in favor of activating the political process, in particular, based on the developments of the OSCE Minsk Group," the statement says.

      Putin expressed serious concern about the participation of militants from the Middle East region in the hostilities in Karabakh.

      The leaders also stressed the need for solidarity efforts for the earliest possible end to the bloodshed in Karabakh and the transition to a peaceful settlement of the problem.

      "They expressed hope that Turkey, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, will make a constructive contribution to the de-escalation of the conflict," the Kremlin said.

    • 15:00

      IAC Suggests Taking Measures to Ensure Civilian Planes Safe Amid Karabakh Conflict

      The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) suggested on Wednesday that measures should be taken to ensure safety of civilian planes amid the Karabakh conflict.

      "The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) is expressing deep concern in relation to the safety of aircraft carrying out international flights, their flight crews and passengers, as well as of ground civil objects in connection with the armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh with the use of missiles and other kinds of armament." the IAC said.

      "In connection with this IAC is proposing to do the following in shortest terms: - to take a set of measures aimed at the unconditional implementation of the norms of international law and the complete prevention of civil aircraft downing by air defense equipment, as well as the destruction of civil objects and aerodromes by missiles and other means of destruction, taking into consideration the tactical and technical characteristics of weapons in the conflict zone," the IAC continued.

    • 14:38

      Pompeo Calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to Observe Ceasefire

      The United States calls on Azerbaijan and Armenia to observe ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday.

      "As a co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains committed to helping Azerbaijan and Armenia achieving sustainable settlement to their conflict. We call on both countries to implement their agreed upon commitments to a ceasefire and stop targeting civilian areas," Pompeo said during a press briefing.

    • 14:28

      Turkey's Interference in Karabakh Unacceptable - French Foreign Minister

      Turkey's or any other country's interference in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would fuel the fire of the confrontation and is unacceptable, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday.

      "Foreign interference, Turkey's interference, in particular, fans this escalation and is unacceptable," Le Drian said in the Senate.

      The minister remarked that the continuing escalation was leading to new civilian victims.

    • 14:13

      Armenian Prime Minister Thanks OSCE Minsk Group for Efforts Toward Karabakh Settlement

      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan thanked on Wednesday the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair countries — France, Russia and the United States — for their efforts toward the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.

      He personally thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for "calling things for what they are" from the very onset of the military action and expressed gratitude to President Vladimir Putin for Russia's "high-level" performance of its role as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and Armenia's ally.

      "I would like to express special gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom we have kept in an intensive contact. During these days, Russia has managed to perform at a high level its role as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and Armenia's strategic ally. I am convinced that this role will continue to be implemented unambiguously and explicitly in the best traditions of the friendship between the Armenian and Russian peoples," Pashinyan said in a televised address to the nation.

    • 12:59

      Armenian MoD Accuses Azerbaijani Forces of Striking Hospital on Contact Line in Karabakh

      Spokeswoman for the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan said Wednesday that the Azeri armed forces targeted a hospital in northwestern Karabakh, where civilians were receiving treatment.

      "The enemy continued to breach the humanitarian ceasefire and attacked one of the hospitals located northwest of the contact line, where civilians are receiving treatment, too," the spokeswoman said.

    • 12:00

      Lawmakers Urge French Prime Minister to End Arms Export to Parties of Karabakh Conflict

      Azerbaijan' armed forces gained control of several more settlements in the Karabakh region, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said Wednesday.

      "The brave Azerbaijani army liberated the villages of Garadagly, Khatunbulag, Garakollu Fisulinsky, Bulutan, Mikjanly, Kemerturk, Teke, Tagaser of the Khojavendi district," the president said on Twitter.

      The view shows an unexploded shell stuck in the branches after a recent shelling  in Martakert, a self-proclaimed Republic of the Nagorno-Karabakh

      Lawmakers Urge French Prime Minister to End Arms Export to Parties of Karabakh Conflict

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The deputies of the Ecology Democracy Solidarity parliamentary group in France's National Assembly have called on Prime Minister Jean Castex to suspend arms export to Azerbaijan and Armenia amid the ongoing hostiles in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
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    • 11:56

      Three Explosions Heard in Nagorno-Karabakh Capital, Stepanakert

      Three explosions were heard on Wednesday in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) despite a ceasefire that was recently agreed to by the conflicting sides, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      The shells fell some 20 miles away from the city and it is still unclear what type of weapons was used or what targets were hit.

      Air raid sirens remained switched off and local residents continued to move around the city by car and on foot.

    • 11:52

      Azerbaijani President Says Country's Armed Forces Have Taken Control of Several More Karabakh Settlements

    • 10:57

      One More Group of Syrian Militants Being Prepared to go to Karabakh, Sources in Syrian Opposition Say

      A source in the Syrian opposition denied to Sputnik on Wednesday that Syrian fighters from the conflict-hit breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region had returned, noting that each of them has a six-month contract.

      "Ankara has started sending fighters to Azerbaijan in June, and there is no time for the transition yet, as they set to be changed every six months," the source said.

      "No Syrian fighter has returned from Nagorno-Karabakh, and Turkey is planning to deliver a new batch of militants," the source added.

    • 10:16

      Erdogan Says Turkey Did Not Send Syrian Militants to Nagorno-Karabakh

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuted on Wednesday claims that his country is deploying Syrian militants to the conflict-torn Nagorno-Karabakh.

      "They say we have deployed Syrian militants [to Karabakh]. There is no such problem. They have things to do on their own territories, they will not go there," Erdogan told the Turkish parliament.

      The Wall Street Journal has reported that hundreds of Turkey-linked Syrian militants are already engaged in the combat operations in Karabakh, while hundreds more will be deployed there soon.

    • 10:16

      Armenian PM Says Azerbaijan Demanded That Yerevan Surrender 7 Regions Around Karabakh in Exchange for Peace

      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday that his government rejects any concessions in the Karabakh crisis settlement under the "territories in exchange for peace" formula and insists on determining the status of the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

      According to Pashinyan, Baku demanded five territories around Karabakh, a schedule for transfer of two more areas, and determination of Karabakh as an Azerbaijani entity.

      "They demanded these territories in exchange for peace, not the status. Azerbaijan menaced a war. Our government ... has refused to discuss the issue in such a manner, without the determination of Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh] status," Pashinyan said.

      Azerbaijan refuses to discuss Karabakh status and seeks expelling Armenians from there, the Armenian prime minister noted.

    • 10:08

      Armenia Won't Solve Karabakh Problem if Status of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Not Determined, PM Says

    • 09:59

      Azerbaijani President Says Turkey Should Be at Karabakh Negotiating Table

      Azerbaijani President President Ilham Aliyev said that Turkey should be at the negotiating table during talks on Karabakh crisis settlement, either de jure or de facto,

      "The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group was created in 1992, and we do not know why it was created exactly in this format. The group comprises some countries that do not have access to the region and do not have any influence there. If we want the conflict to be resolved, countries capable of promoting genuine reconciliation should be involved. Of course, we welcome Turkey's participation," Aliyev said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haber Turk.

      According to the president, Baku understands that the change of the composition of the Minsk Group should envision "some legal procedures."

      "We do not want to go into detail. This is why I have said: Turkey should be at the negotiating table, no matter de  jure or de facto," Aliyev said.

      Moscow and Ankara are engaged in consultations on the Karabakh conflict, the Azerbaijani leader noted.

    • 09:49

      Russian FM Stresses Need to Immediately Coordinate Karabakh Ceasefire Verification Mechanism

    • 09:04

      Aliev Says Peacekeepers Cannot Be Brought to Karabakh Without Azerbarbaijan's Consent

      Peacekeepers can be only brought to Karabakh with consent of Baku and Yerevan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said, noting that his country does not rule out such a possibility.

      "First of all, I must say that peacekeepers can be only deployed to the region with consent of both sides, I mean Azerbaijan and Armenia. [This applies to] both deployment and the composition. If any side vetoes the move, this will be impossible. Secondly, everyone talking about deploying peacekeepers should understand this is about Azerbaijan's sovereign territories. No country can send peacekeepers to our territories without our consent. This would be a violation of the international law. Peacekeepers deployment is included in the basic principles, but this is the very last provision. We do not rule this out, but this is only at the stage of discussions, since there is no significant progress in crisis settlement," Aliev said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haber Turk.

    • 08:35

      Aliyev Says if Armenia Tries to Attack Azerbaijani Oil Pipelines, 'Outcome Will be Severe' for Yerevan

    • 08:30

      Turkish F-16 Jets Remain in Azerbaijan After Joint Drills, But Not Used in Karabakh Ops, Aliyev Says

    • 08:24

      Azerbaijani MoD Says Any Armenian Military Equipment Targeting Civilian Objects Will Be Eliminated

    • 08:10

      Russian FM Lavrov Calls for Urgent Military Talks Between Armenia, Azerbaijan

      Armenian soldiers of the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh walking in trenches at the frontline on the border with Azerbaijan.

      Lavrov Calls for Deployment of Russian Peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh as Tensions Escalate

      Earlier in the day, the Armenian Defence Ministry said that it "reserves the right" to attack any military facility in Azerbaijan after saying that Baku had hit military equipment on Armenian territory.
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    • 08:10

      Azerbaijani President 'Will Cut All Diplomatic Ties' With Any Country That Recognises Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

      Azerbaijani President Aliyev has stressed he will cut diplomatic relations with any country that recognises the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, claimed by Baku. He also expressed a belief that no country in the world will establish relations with Stepanakert.

    • 07:35

      Baku Denies Armenian MoD's Claim That Azerbaijani Su-25 Was Downed in Karabakh

      "Azerbaijan was not using its military aircraft and didn’t have any Su-25 warplane in the air”, Baku stressed.

    • 06:47

      Armenia Claims Karabakh Air Defence Downs Azerbaijani Su-25

    • 06:47

      Yerevan Says Azerbaijan Attacking Military Equipment on Armenian Territory

      Ethnic Armenian soldiers walk in a trench at their position near Nagorno-Karabakh's town of Martuni, April 8, 2016

      Armenian MoD Says It Reserves Right to Attack Any Military Facility on Azerbaijani Territory

      Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of conducting attacks after the sides agreed to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, beginning on 10 October.
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    • 06:33

      Russian Defence Minister Shoigu Holds Phone Talks With Armenian and Azerbaijani Counterparts

    • 06:09

      Azerbaijan Claims It Destroyed Another Armenian Missile System Targeting Ganja

    • 05:50

      Baku Claims It Repelled Attack by Armenian Military Overnight

      "On the night of 14 October, the Armenian Armed Forces attacked the positions of the Azerbaijani Army in some areas of the front and as a result of the measures taken, they were forced to retreat with losses. As a result of the retaliatory measures, the Azerbaijani Army destroyed five T-72 tanks, three BM-21 Grad YARS, one Osa-AKM air defence system, one KS-19 anti-aircraft gun, two D-30 howitzers, and several vehicles", an official statement from Baku says.

    • 05:47

      Yerevan Says Situation in Karabakh 'Tense But Stable' Overnight

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