Russia and West alarmed by fresh war drums on Armenia

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A minimum of 49 Armenian troopers have reportedly been killed by Azerbaijan in a battle highlighting the fragility of the previous Soviet area past Ukraine.

“For the second, we now have 49 killed and sadly it is not the ultimate determine,” Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan informed his parliament on Tuesday (12 September).

Azerbaijan had fired on the Armenian border cities of Jermuk, Goris, and Kapan utilizing drones, mortars, and long-range artillery within the small hours of Tuesday, Armenia stated.

The killings have been meant to scupper upcoming talks on the longer term standing of a fiercely-disputed mountain area — Nagorno-Karabakh — Pashinyan additionally stated.

Azerbaijan denied any ceasefire violation and accused Armenia of transferring weapons techniques to delicate spots, in a battle with no worldwide displays on the contact line to confirm claims.

Its native ally, Turkey, additionally gave its weight to Azerbaijan’s denials. “Armenia ought to stop its provocations,” Turkish international minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated.

The flare-up in pressure prompted wider worldwide diplomacy.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (who’re each on an EU blacklist for invading Ukraine) brokered a stop-firing deal in calls with Yerevan and Baku.

French president Emmanuel Macron referred to as a UN Safety Council debate in New York.

The US secretary of state and the EU international relations chief additionally referred to as for restraint. The “harmful escalation must cease,” the EU’s Josep Borrell stated on Twitter.

Peace apart, the EU can be involved in shopping for extra fuel from Azerbaijan to scale back dependence on Russia.

The final time the Armenia-Azerbaijan battle restarted, two years in the past, it claimed 6,500 lives in six weeks of combating that ended with Russia sending in a big peacekeeping drive.

The 2020 ceasefire deal made Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seem like nice powers deciding the destiny of neighbours.

However any new violence now makes Russia look weak, posing questions over its functionality as a US-model safety guarantor for the smaller members of its Nato-type Collective Safety Treaty Group.

It highlights the broader safety challenges Europe faces within the neighbourhood of the Ukraine warfare — an space during which Russia is making an attempt to rebuild its Chilly Battle-era affect.

These embrace frozen conflicts and Russian troopers in breakaway components of Georgia and Moldova. The Russian province of Chechnya additionally has a bloody trendy historical past.

The Armenia-Azerbaijan warfare began within the late Nineteen Eighties and concerned ethnically-motivated massacres on either side.

The Nagorno-Karabakh area is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan, however has a majority-Armenian inhabitants.

It was managed by Armenia till 2020, when Azerbaijan reconquered it.

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