Armenia and Azerbaijan halt clashes after talks with Russian military

16 Nov, 2021

The defense ministers of both Armenia and Azerbaijan have spoken to their Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu, on Tuesday, following reports of a clash that may have endangered the year-old Nagorno-Karabakh truce brokered by Moscow.

Shoigu called on both countries to stop all activities that threaten to escalate the situation, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday. Shortly afterward, Moscow announced that both sides had halted clashes.

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of invading its territory and capturing a dozen servicemen and four positions along the border. Baku’s forces are using tanks and artillery as well, Yerevan claimed.

Azerbaijan said it was acting in self-defense, targeting Armenian anti-tank weapons that fired on its positions over the weekend.

Russia helped mediate an end to the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh in November 2020, which saw Azerbaijan recapture most of the disputed territory held by the Armenians since a bloody conflict in the early 1990s. The mountainous region, populated mainly by ethnic Armenians, is located inside Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized borders and has been a bone of contention between the two Transcaucasian countries since they declared independence from the Soviet Union.

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