Increased tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani army has carried out what it calls operation “Revenge”, which it believes is a response to “terrorist actions by illegal armed Armenian groups on the territory of Azerbaijan”, reports TT.

Armenia, on the other hand, is appealing to the world to take action to stop what it calls “Azerbaijan’s aggressive actions,” according to a statement from the country’s foreign ministry.

Cease fire threatened

Russia, which has 2,000 peacekeeping forces in the area, accuses Azerbaijan of breaking the ceasefire and says it intends to take steps to “stabilize the situation”.

The EU calls for an immediate end to hostilities.

– It is necessary to de-escalate, fully respect the ceasefire and return to the negotiating table to seek negotiated solutions, reads a statement from the spokesperson for EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.

War with no end in sight

Archenemies Armenia and Azerbaijan have waged war against each other twice, in the 1990s and in 2020, over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The fighting in the fall of 2020 claimed over 6,500 lives and ended with a ceasefire that Russia helped negotiate.

Ethnic Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan with Armenian support after a bloody post-Soviet ethnic conflict in the early 1990s. In 2020, Azerbaijan, with Turkey’s support, won back part of the territory previously controlled by the Armenian separatists.

Despite the ceasefire, tensions remain.

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Image from the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, from the border with Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo: AP

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