Nagorno-Karabakh: Russia urges Turkey to support ceasefire effort | Europe


Moscow is appointing Turkey, which has given support to Azerbaijan, to call for peace amid deadly fighting rages on.

Russia urged Turkey to work to end the deadly clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, while Ankara gave support to Azerbaijan.Dozens of dead and hundreds of injured have been reported since clashes between Azerbaijan and its Armenian mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on Sunday in another eruption of decades-old conflict.

Armenia and Azerbaijan reported further bloodshed in the region on Tuesday, as the worst wave of violence since the 1990s raged for a third day and heavy weapons were moved to the front lines.

Moscow’s appeal came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Armenia to end its “occupation” of Nagorno-Karabakh and asked it to leave the territory, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

“We call on all parties, especially partner countries such as Turkey to do everything possible for a ceasefire and to return to a peaceful settlement of this conflict by political and diplomatic means,” the porter said. – speech of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.

“Any statement regarding any form of military support and activity undoubtedly adds fuel to the flames. We are categorically against it.

Armenia has accused Turkey of sending mercenaries to support Azerbaijan, its close ally, a charge Ankara denies.

Turkey and Armenia have extremely strained ties. Russia is part of a military alliance of former Soviet states that includes Armenia and has a military base there.

However, Russia supplies arms to Yerevan and Baku.

Peskov said Russia was in “permanent contact” with the three countries.

France, Russia and the United States negotiated the peace efforts as the “Minsk Group”, but the last big push for a peace deal collapsed in 2010.


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