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    Following talks in Moscow, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to implement a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting on 10 October, in order to exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed during the conflict. However, both nations have repeatedly accused each other of attacks and provocations along the line of contact.

    The decades-old standoff between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces 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.

    Russia, France, the US, and other countries have urged the sides to the conflict to return to negotiations. The Turkish authorities, on the other hand, have backed Baku, saying that Ankara is ready to assist Azerbaijan "both in talks and in combat".

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in 1991, with the predominantly Armenian-populated region proclaiming independence from Azerbaijan and confirming it during a referendum, announcing plans to join Armenia. After that, Baku and Yerevan waged a full-scale war for the area between 1992 and 1994, which resulted in the deaths of around 40,000 troops and civilians on both sides.

    A ceasefire was mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group in 1994, but the conflict remained frozen, and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic still continues to be an unrecognised state.

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    • 03:09

      Pashinyan Calls on France, US to Support Russian Reconciliation Efforts on Karabakh

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told Switzerland's RTS broadcaster that France and the United States must support Russia's reconciliation efforts on crisis-torn Nagorno-Karabakh.

      "I believe that Russia as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group must play an even more significant role, including the restoration of stability and peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. I would like to stress that while Russia is the closest co-chair [of the OSCE Minsk Group] to this region, two other co-chairs – France and the United States – must support the Russian efforts on stabilising the situation in the region", Pashinyan said on late Thursday.

      The prime minister also pointed out that the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) had expressed its readiness to fulfil its allied obligations toward Armenia in case of the further deterioration of the situation in the region.

    • 20:43

      Eight Shells Fell on Iranian Territory Over 24 Hours Amid Karabakh Conflict - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Eight military projectiles fell in Iran in the past 24 hours amid the ongoing Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, and one shell destroyed a roof of a building, the state IRIB broadcaster reported on Thursday.

      According to the broadcaster, local residents in the area where the shell destroyed the building's roof had to leave their homes.

      Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh later commented that "worrying news in this regard has been reported today".

    • 16:59

      Pompeo Says Turkey 'Increasing Risk' in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict by Providing Arms

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview on Thursday that Turkey is amplifying the risks of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by supplying weapons to Azerbaijan and reiterated his call for a ceasefire.

      “It is dangerous. We now have the Turks, who have stepped in and provided resources to Azerbaijan, increasing the risk, increasing the firepower that’s taking place in this historic fight over this place called Nagorno-Karabakh, a small territory with about 150,000 people,“ Pompeo said.

      Pompeo stressed that the longstanding conflict should only be resolved through peaceful talks, not through armed conflict, “and certainly not with third party countries coming in to lend their firepower to what is already a powder keg of a situation.”

      “We’re hopeful that the Armenians will be able to defend against what the Azerbaijanis are doing, and that they will all, before that takes place, get the ceasefire right, and then sit down at the table and try and sort through this – that is – what is a truly historic and complicated problem set,” the secretary added.

    • 16:58

      Exclusive: PM Pashinyan Says Turkey Seeks to Continue Armenian Genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

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      In an exclusive parallel interview with Sputnik, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev have addressed the key issues related to the continuing clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. Both leaders were given an equal amount of time and identical questions.
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      Exclusive: Azerbaijani President Aliyev Says Armenian PM Pashinyan is a Product of George Soros

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    • 13:31

      Azerbaijan Refutes Reports That One of Its Su-25 Was Downed

    • 13:28

      Azerbaijani Forces Strike Civilian Infrastructure in Stepanakert, Representative of Armenian MoD Says

    • 11:06

      Heavy Clashes Ongoing Along Contact Line in Karabakh, Representative of Armenian MoD Says

    • 11:00

      Kremlin Says Deployement of Peacekeepers to Karabakh Only Possible With Baku's, Yerevan's Consent

    • 10:59

      Unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Introduces Partial Movement Restrictions

      President Arayik Harutyunyan of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) ordered on Thursday for certain restrictions of movements within the territory and outside of it for conscripts.

      "Departure is limited for citizens of the Republic of Artsakh who are subject to mobilization conscription and is allowed in exceptional cases under a pass issued by a commandant," Harutyunyan said pm Facebook.

      The chief of the national service for emergencies, Karen Sarkissyan, was appointed commandant and given the authority to adjust movement regulations in separate regions of Nagorno-Karabakh as appropriate.

    • 10:37

      Azerbaijan Purposefully Expands Scope of Conflict, Republic of Artsakh's Foreign Ministry Says

    • 10:18

      CSTO Chief Says Organisation Actively Negotiates Karabakh Peacekeeping Efforts

      Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary-General Stanislav Zas said on Thursday that the organisation is actively negotiating the potential peacekeeping effort in the conflict-torn Nagorno-Karabakh region.

      "We are actively discussing the work for peace in the region," the CSTO chief said.

    • 08:59

      Two Armenian Soldiers Killed by Azerbaijani Fire in Vardenis District, Prosecutors Say

    • 08:22

      Azerbaijan's Civilian Death Toll From Karabakh Clashes Grows to 43 - Prosecutor General

      BAKU (Sputnik) - The number of Azerbaijani civilians killed in clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh has climbed to 43, while the number of injured civilians has grown to 218, the Prosecutor General's Office said on Thursday.

      "The number of Azerbaijani civilians killed in clashes in Karabakh totals 43, 218 people were injured, 1,592 houses and 290 civilian facilities were destroyed, 79 apartment blocks became uninhabitable", the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement.

    • 07:41

      Intensive Clashes Continue in Nagorno-Karabakh - Armenian MoD

    • 06:43

      Nobody Provided Proof That Baku Uses Foreign Mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh – Aliyev

      "We have no mercenaries. This is our official statement. More than two weeks have passed since the clashes began, and no country has provided us with any evidence on the issue. Moreover, we do not need them. We have an army of more than 100,000 fighters. Everything we do today on the battlefield shows that our army is capable of liberating our lands", Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with the TV channel France 24.

    • 05:13

      Azerbaijan Says Foiled Attack by Armenian Military

    • 05:09

      Yerevan Says Azerbaijani Artillery Attacked Karabakh Overnight

      "The situation was stable but tense overnight. In the morning, the enemy resumed massive artillery fire in the southern and northern directions", Shushan Stepanyan, representative of the Armenian MoD said on Facebook.

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