Al Jazeera quotes AzerbaijanDepartment of DefenseThe statement dated the 19th said that the Azerbaijani army had launched an “anti-terrorism operation” in “Nagorno-Karabakh”, a region disputed with Armenia.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that the operation would target only military equipment and buildings, and high-precision weapons would be used to strip them of their attack capabilities. Armenia’s foreign minister called on Russian peacekeepers in the region to intervene and stop Azerbaijan’s “total aggression” against local people.
According to an AFP reporter, explosions were heard in Armenia’s Stepanakert and Azerbaijan’s Khankendi – the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region has long been a disputed territory between the “Two Asians”, and the two countries have twice fought for control. Although the international community now recognizes the region as belonging to Azerbaijan, the local population mainly Is Armenian.AsianGod.
Azerbaijan’s statement came hours after Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said at least six people were killed by landmines laid by Armenian forces in two separate incidents in Azerbaijan’s Khojavend district. The Armenian Defense Ministry announced that Armenia has no military personnel or equipment in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
RussiaThe official TASS news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying that Russia is extremely cautious about the rapidly increasing conflicts between Asia and Asia. Shakalova said Azerbaijan had informed Russian peacekeepers only minutes before the start of the military operation.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric also expressed concern over the ongoing situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. “It is important that all actions cease, both sides return to a state of ongoing negotiations and any further conflict is avoided,” he said.
In 2020, large-scale conflict broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. After six weeks of fighting between the two countries, Russia intervened and successfully mediated. Under the ceasefire agreement, Armenia gave up large parts of the territory it had controlled since the 1990s. Despite repeated interventions by the European Union, Russia, and the United States, the two countries were still unable to reach a lasting peace agreement.
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