- The fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of the decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire.
- Nagorno-Karabakh is a contested region inside Azerbaijan and controlled by ethnic Armenians. It broke away from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s but is not recognized by any country as an independent republic.
- The fighting has spread beyond the borders of the disputed region, threatening to lead to all-out war between the former Soviet republics.
- Dozens of people have reportedly been killed and hundreds injured since the new wave of fighting broke out on Sunday.
- Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts are underway to stop the fighting, with the United Nations calling for an immediate end to the clashes.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday September 30
08:07 GMT: Macron criticizes Turkey’s “warlike” rhetoric on Nagorno-Karabakh
French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey’s “warlike” rhetoric encouraged Azerbaijan to reclaim Nagorno-Karabakh, which was unacceptable, while adding that he had no evidence at this stage of involvement. direct from Turkey.
Heavy fighting broke out on Sunday between Armenian and Azeri forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist region inside Azerbaijan but ruled by ethnic Armenians. Turkey is an ally of Azerbaijan, with which it shares ethnic and cultural ties.
“I have taken note of Turkey’s political statements (in favor of Azerbaijan), which I find reckless and dangerous,” Macron said at a press conference in Latvia.
07:25 GMT: Armenia says it does not need external military aid
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, said he did not plan to seek help under a security treaty at this stage. post-Soviet – but did not rule out doing so.
“Armenia will ensure its security, with or without the participation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSC),” Pashinyan said, quoted by Russian news agencies.
He said that he and Putin had not discussed the possibility of Russian military intervention in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Russia used the CSTO, along with the Eurasian Economic Union, another regional trade-oriented bloc, to project its influence across much of the former Soviet Union.
07:00 GMT – Armenia not ready for Russia-mediated peace talks: PM
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said peace talks with Azerbaijan under Russian mediation would be inappropriate, as the fighting for the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh entered a fourth day.
“It is not very appropriate to speak of a summit between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia at a time of intensive hostilities,” Pashinyan told Russian news agency Interfax. “The right atmosphere and conditions are necessary for negotiations.”
06:35 GMT – 2300 Armenian soldiers “neutralized”: Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense
At least 2,300 Armenian soldiers have been killed or injured by Azerbaijani troops since the conflict between the two countries began on Sunday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said, according to an Anadolu Agency report.
The ministry statement added that 130 tanks and armored vehicles, more than 200 artillery and missile systems, around 25 air defense systems, six command and observation zones, five ammunition depots, 50 anti-tank guns and 55 cars were also destroyed.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I am Usaid Siddiqui in Doha, Qatar.
You can read the September 29 updates here.