What is behind the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict flare-up?

by | Sep 13, 2022 | World

Dozens of Armenian soldiers have reportedly been killed in renewed border clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan.Dozens of Armenian soldiers have reportedly been killed in renewed border clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in the worst fighting seen since the hostile enemies were embroiled in a 2020 war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
After several hours of fierce border fighting overnight on Tuesday, Armenia appealed to world leaders for help, saying Azerbaijani forces were trying to advance on its territory.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has demanded from world leaders “an adequate reaction” to “Azerbaijan’s aggressive acts”.
Russia, Armenia’s closest ally, said it had convinced the historic rivals to agree to a rapid ceasefire.
What happened?

Armenia said that Azerbaijani forces “launched intensive shelling, with artillery and large-calibre firearms, against Armenian military positions in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sotk, and Jermuk” shortly after midnight.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry accused Armenia of “large-scale subversive acts” near the districts of Dashkesan, Kelbajar and Lachin on the border, adding that its army positions “came under fire, including from trench mortars”.
Elnur Mammadov, Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign minister, said: “Armenia has been shelling Azerbaijani military positions for a few weeks now. That shelling has been intensified over the last few days. Armenia has started amassing heavy weaponry and armaments along the deemed border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. What happened overnight is a large-scale provocation by Armenian military against Azerbaij …

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