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    So far, Armenia and Azerbaijan have twice agreed on a humanitarian ceasefire, mediated by Moscow, in order to exchange prisoners and the deceased. However, both times the sides resumed clashes, accusing each other of breaching the deal and the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continued.

    A new round of hostilities began in Nagorno-Karabakh on 27 September, with Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of carrying out provocations. Armenia has declared martial law and general mobilisation, voicing concerns about Turkey actively supporting Baku. Partial mobilisation and partial martial law have been also introduced in Azerbaijan.

    The leaders of Russia, the US, and France urged the sides to resume talks without preconditions, while Turkey stated that it would provide Azerbaijan with any kind of support needed, both in negotiations and in combat.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted in the late 1980s, with the predominantly Armenian-populated region proclaiming independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Baku and Yerevan waged a full-scale war for the area between 1992 and 1994 that 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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    • 00:22

      Self-Proclaimed Republic of Artsakh Accuses Baku of Shelling Towns of Askeran, Martuni

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) – The authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh accused on Friday the Azerbaijani troops of shelling the towns of Askeran and Martuni (known as Khojavend in Azerbaijan).

      “Within the [past] day, Azerbaijan blatantly violated all the international norms. In the evening, the town of Askeran came under fire, while at the midnight [20:00 GMT] the Azerbaijani armed forces targeted Martuni again,” the Artsakh Information Center said in a statement, citing the emergency services of the self-proclaimed republic.

      The attacks caused some material damage.

      “No civilians have been injured,” the statement added.

    • 17:27

      UN Back US Efforts to Reduce Karabakh Tensions By Hosting Talks in Washington, UN Spokesperson Says

      UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The United Nations supports the United States’ efforts to de-escalate tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and bring the parties to the negotiating table, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Thursday.

      The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet on Friday in Washington to discuss ways to stop the hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    • 14:44

      Borrell Receives Armenian President, Reiterates EU's Support for Minsk Group on Karabakh

      BRUSSELS/YEREVAN (Sputnik) - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Thursday held a meeting with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, during which the top EU diplomat reiterated the bloc's support for the Minsk Group co-chairs' efforts to resolve the ongoing conflict in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in a statement.

    • 14:08

      Defence Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh Reported 40 More Casualties

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - On Thursday, the Defence Ministry of the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) reported 40 more deaths of its soldiers.

      According to the Defence Ministry, Nagorno-Karabakh’s military death toll reached 873 since the conflict in the region ignited back in September.

    • 13:54

      Russia Concerned by Possible Growth of Terrorism in Karabakh, Military Experts Keeping Track of Problem - FM

    • 13:21

      Moscow Continues Mediating Talks Between Sides to Stop Bloodshed in Karabakh

    • 12:27

      Aliyev Rules Out Self-Determination Referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh

      BAKU (Sputnik) - No self-determination referendum will be held in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

      Azerbaijan will not allow such a referendum and it has not given consent for it during recent negotiations with Armenia. Now that Baku has regained a significant share of its territory, a referendum is absolutely out of the question, the president explained.

    • 12:25

      Armenia Suggests Stripping Turkey of EAEU Tariff Preferences

    • 11:00

      Russian Deputy FM Says Karabakh Crisis Does Not Affect Cooperation With Turkey on Syria

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      Russian Deputy FM Says Karabakh Crisis Does Not Affect Cooperation With Turkey on Syria

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh does not affect the Russian-Turkish cooperation on Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said on Thursday.
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    • 10:55

      Baku Would Support Turkey's Involvement in Karabakh Peace Process - Aliyev

      "It is a reality and it is a very good reality for us. Because for us, Turkey is a brotherly country and our closest ally and friend, and de facto Turkey is already involved from a legal point and also as a member of the Minsk Group... The presidents of Turkey and Russia, the foreign and defence ministers, talk and meet and discuss this issue. So, if someone says Turkey should not be there, like Armenia says, it's none of Armenia's business. Turkey is already there and must be involved because it will bring stability. I think Turkey is the only country that has a border with the three Caucasian countries. No other country has borders with three of them, so of course, Turkey should be actively involved and Turkey is already involved and we strongly support it", Aliyev stressed.

    • 10:44

      Aliyev Doesn't Rule Out Cultural Autonomy for Armenians in Karabakh

    • 10:17

      Azerbaijani President Aliyev Says He's Not Ruling Out Meeting With Armenian PM Pashinyan in Moscow

    • 10:08

      Moscow Trying to Move Karabakh Conflict Onto Diplomatic Track - Kremlin

    • 09:38

      Resolution on Recognition of Karabakh Submitted to US House of Representatives

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      Resolution on Recognition of Karabakh Submitted to US House of Representatives

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - A resolution on the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been submitted to the US House of Representatives, the information center of the unrecognized NKR reported Wednesday, citing the Karabakh Foreign Ministry.
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    • 08:51

      Parliament of Australian State New South Wales Recognises Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 08:35

      Armenian and Azerbaijani Forces Continue Clashing in Karabakh, Yerevan Says

    • 07:18

      Ankara Ready to Deploy Military if Baku Requests It - Turkish Vice President Oktay

      "Turkey will not hesitate to send troops and provide military support to Azerbaijan if such requests come from Baku", Fuat Oktay said, stressing that Azerbaijan has not made such a request so far.

    • 06:30

      Azerbaijani Artillery Shells Martuni, Surrounding Villages - Nagorno-Karabakh

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The Azerbaijani military conducted artillery strikes on the town of Martuni and surrounding villages in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday night, the official information centre of the unrecognised republic said on Friday.

      "On the night of 21-22 October, the situation in the settlements [in Nagorno-Karabakh] was relatively calm. At the moment, the enemy is using artillery against Martuni and surrounding villages. There is no information about the victims and the damage yet", the centre wrote on its Telegram channel.

    • 06:15

      Yerevan Says No Missiles Fired Toward Azerbaijan From Armenian Territory

      "There were no rocket launches [towards Azerbaijan] from Armenian territory", Defence Ministry press secretary Sushan Stepanyan stated.

    • 05:47

      Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Claims Ballistic Missiles Fired From Armenian Territory

      "On 22 October at 09:00 [05:00 GMT], ballistic missiles were launched from the territory of Armenia in the direction of Gabala and Kurdamir", the press service of the Azerbaijani MoD reported.

    • 05:40

      Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Says Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh Ongoing

      BAKU (Sputnik) - Military confrontations between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh republic continued overnight and into the day Thursday, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has said.

      "During the day on 21 October and on the night of 22 October, combat operations in the Aghdere-Aghdam, Fizuli-Jabrayil, and Zangilan-Gubadli directions continued with varying intensity. The enemy fired at our defensive positions using small arms, mortars, and howitzers", the ministry said in a press release.

      According to Baku, the Azerbaijani military is in controls of the situation amid continuous fighting.

    • 05:00

      Turkish Troops in Karabakh Would Put End to Peaceful Scenario - Russian Lawmaker Pushkov

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian upper house lawmaker Alexey Pushkov has said that should Turkey send troops to Nagorno-Karabakh at Azerbaijan's request, the conflict would only intensify and a peaceful scenario would be ruled out.

      "Vice President of Turkey Oktay confirmed his readiness to send Turkish troops to Karabakh if requested by Baku. Turkish military in Karabakh? This would lead to the expansion and internationalisation of the conflict and rule out a peaceful scenario. Not to mention the revival of the ghosts of the past", Pushkov wrote on Twitter.

      On Wednesday, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said his country would send troops to Nagorno-Karabakh if such a request was received from Azerbaijan.

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