•   
  •   
  •   

World Azeris and ethnic Armenians fight before planned talks with Russia

13:11  09 october  2020
13:11  09 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Armenia claims Turkey 'shot down' one of its jets during Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

  Armenia claims Turkey 'shot down' one of its jets during Nagorno-Karabakh fighting Armenia says Turkey shot down one of its fighter jets as fighting with Azerbaijan around disputed enclave Nagorno-Karabakh intensifies. Armenia's defense ministry on Tuesday said a Turkish F-16 had shot down an Armenian SU-25 fighter in Armenian airspace, killing the pilot. A ministry spokesperson said the Turkish jet took off from an airbase inside Azerbaijan and had been providing cover for Azerbaijani aircraft attacking Armenian positions.

YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces fought new clashes in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Thursday, before the United States, France and Russia were due to meet in Geneva to try to avert a wider war in the South Caucasus. Azerbaijan said the city of

Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians fought new clashes on Thursday before talks at which the Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will meet U.S., Russian and French envoys in Geneva on The talks mark the start of a concerted drive by the three powers to halt fighting that flared on Sept.

By Nailia Bagirova and Nvard Hovhannisyan

a pile of snow next to a building: Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert © Reuters/DAVID GHAHRAMANYAN/NKR INFOCENTE Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces fought new clashes on Friday as Russia prepared to host talks with the warring sides' foreign ministers on ending the deadliest battles in the South Caucasus for more than 25 years.

War in Nagorno-Karabakh: "The survival of all my people is at stake"

 War in Nagorno-Karabakh: © - In front of the Yerevan military police station, Wednesday. Since the resumption of hostilities with Azerbaijan, the Armenians of the diaspora return to the country and to a capital launched in a general mobilization. In the middle of the airport, deserted and dark since the Covid pinned the world to the ground, the departure lounge of the last night flight to Yerevan is overflowing. Women and children doze on the uncomfortable benches, in an electric hubbub.

Azerbaijan , meanwhile, has never abandoned its claim to its lost province nor to the territories seized by Armenia . Russia has officially adopted a position of neutrality in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and called on all sides to settle their differences peacefully.

Tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh region have caused one of Europe’s ‘frozen conflicts’ to erupt.

a man standing in front of a building: Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert © Reuters/DAVID GHAHRAMANYAN/NKR INFOCENTE Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert

Russia's foreign ministry was quoted by RIA news agency as saying Armenia and Azerbaijan had accepted the offer of talks after the Kremlin invited their foreign ministers to the Russian capital on Friday.

a room filled with furniture and a table: Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert © Reuters/DAVID GHAHRAMANYAN/NKR INFOCENTE Aftermath of recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Stepanakert

"Baku and Yerevan confirmed their participation in talks in Moscow. Active preparation is under way," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

It the two foreign ministers meet, it will be the first direct contact known to have taken place between the two former Soviet republics since fighting broke out in their decades-old conflict on Sept. 27.

Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death

  Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death "We've been here our whole life, and we are staying here to do what we can. It would be wrong not to worry, but it would be wrong to panic and leave your post," Artsakh representative to the U.S. told Newsweek.For this tiny republic, defeat could mean the end of his internationally unrecognized government, and perhaps worse for its constituents.

Azerbaijani troops and forces from Nagorno-Karabakh have been trading artillery and rocket fire, with the population of much of Karabakh told to seek shelter. Meanwhile, Armenia has declared a general mobilization and barred men between the ages of 18 and 55 from leaving the country, except with the

Fierce fighting raged for a second day following a flare-up of a decades-old conflict in the Caucasus region of south-eastern Europe. Dozens of deaths were reported in battles between forces fighting for Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday. At the heart of the conflict is a dispute over control of the

More than 400 people have been killed in the fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain enclave which under international law belongs to Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said there had been fierce clashes with ethnic Armenian forces during the night along the line of contact that divides the two sides in Nagorno-Karabakh.

More details of the latest clashes were not immediately available.

Fighting has continued despite the start of a concerted peace drive by the United States, France and Russia.

Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov agreed to attend talks with the three powers on Thursday in Geneva but no details of the meeting have been released.

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan did not attend the Geneva talks but was expected to meet Russian, French and U.S. officials in Moscow on Monday.

Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death

  Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death Former General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says Phillies must be 'prudent' about the J.T. Realmuto contract.

Armenia has been in the area to prevent this, but they are a small, poor country with no real allies and Azerbaijan sees an opportunity. Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said: "Iran has prepared a plan with a specific framework containing details after consultations with both sides of the dispute

Fighting broke out on Sunday, when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. The region of Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan , but is populated by ethnic Armenians . Baku considers the enclave to be illegally occupied by Yerevan.

The latest fighting in the decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has raised fears that Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a defence pact with Armenia, will be dragged into the conflict.

CEASEFIRE CALLS

The warring sides have ignored repeated calls to cease military hostilities.

Stepanakert, the city ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh consider the capital of an independent state, was under shelling since Friday morning, Nagorno-Karabakh's defence ministry said.

In a sign of alarm in the region, the head of a six-country military alliance led by Russia and including Armenia, warned on Thursday that the group could intervene if Armenian sovereignty were threatened.

Washington, Paris and Moscow have led mediation over Nagorno-Karabakh for almost three decades as co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group. A ceasefire has been violated repeatedly since the end of a 1991-94 war that killed about 30,000 people.

Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 31 Azeri civilians have been killed and 154 wounded since Sept. 27. It has not disclosed information about military casualties.

Nagorno-Karabakh said on Friday 376 of its military personnel and 22 civilians had been killed since Sept. 27.

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev's main demand for a ceasefire is for Armenia to set a timetable for a withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding Azeri territories.

Armenia has ruled out a withdrawal from territory it considers its historic homelands. It has also accused Turkey of military involvement in the conflict and sending in mercenaries, allegations denied by Ankara.

(Additional reporting by Alexander Marrow and Maria Kiselyova, Writing by Margarita Antidze and Timothy Heritage, Editing by Peter Graff)

Op-Ed: Why Armenians everywhere stand with those in Nagorno-Karabakh .
Our grandfathers were part of the Armenian diaspora that came to America in the wake of a genocide. They taught us that we must defend our heritage.They raised the grapes they had raised in the old country, brewed their raisin moonshine in the same copper stills, sang as they mourned, and taught us that their embrace of America did not mean they had severed their souls from the homeland.

usr: 0
This is interesting!