US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Friday in a fresh attempt to end nearly a month of bloodshed, in which hundreds have been killed.
The UN Security Council discussed the need to ensure verification of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told reporters on Monday after a closed-door meeting on the disputed region
Am Abend telefonierte Russlands Außenminister Sergej Lawrow mit seinen Kollegen in Armenien und Aserbaidschan. Er appellierte eindringlich, dass sich beide Länder an die Waffenruhe halten.
Turkey has violated the US legislation by using the American-made F-16 fighter jets in the territory of Azerbaijan during the war against Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), Expert on American studies Suren Sargsyan told Armenpress, adding that the F-16s could be deployed in Azerbaijan’s territory only by the permission of the US President, which, however, didn’t take place.
Artsakh’s Human Rights Defender Artak Beglaryan released a video on his social media account showing the consequences of the night bombing. “This is the consequences of Azerbaijan’s deliberate strikes with 6 heavy missiles at the peaceful settlements of Stepanakert,” he said, posting the images of the ruins.
CONFIRMED – A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UAV/drone by the Azerbaijan armed forces captured the moments when the Armenian S-300 Air Defense System was destroyed.
However, the missiles aimed at the power plants in Mingachevir were destroyed in the air, the strike in the direction of Ganja resulted in an accident on the Samukh-Gardabani 500-kilovolt overhead power line of international importance.
Legitimate military targets located in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja:
Bei einem Raketenangriff auf die aserbaidschanische Stadt Gandscha sind zwölf Zivilisten und Zivilistinnen getötet und mehr als 40 weitere Menschen verletzt worden. Mehrere Häuserreihen in einem Wohnviertel der 300.000 Einwohner zählenden Stadt seien bei dem Angriff heute zerstört worden, teilte die aserbaidschanische Generalstaatsanwaltschaft mit.
Ersten Berichten zufolge hat die Türkei eine Übung mit dem russischen S-400-Raketenabwehrsystem abgehalten. Der Deal mit Moskau belastet die Beziehungen zur NATO schwer. Die USA drohen mit „ernsten Folgen“.
The documents lobbyists distribute on Capitol Hill make some incredulous claims: that “Armenia has long been involved with Middle Eastern terrorism,” that “Azerbaijan has been consistent in urging substantive and result-oriented negotiations in order to achieve a breakthrough in the conflict,” and that “Turkey is not directly involved and is not a party to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.”
That last assertion stands in direct contradiction with reports that Turkey has been heavily involved in the conflict, even going so far as to send 1,000 jihadist fighters from Syria to aid Azerbaijan.
Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held telephone talks with the Defence Ministers of Armenia David Tonoyan and Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov.
During the talks, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu called on his colleagues to fully fulfill the obligations of the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides in accordance with the agreements reached in Moscow on October 10, 2020.
“On October 14, the Azerbaijani armed forces targeted on-duty military equipment in the territory of the Republic of Armenia in the area bordering Karvajar, based solely on assumptions that this equipment was allegedly on stand-by to strike Azeri settlements. It’s needless to mention that the Azeri defense ministry’s claim can’t have any grounds. In fact, the Azerbaijani military-political leadership, based solely on assumptions, allow themselves targeting Armenian military equipment stationed in the territory of the Republic of Armenia that conduct routine military service.
Der Anführer der Region Bergkarabach, Araik Arutjunjan, teilte heute mit, dass es Aserbaidschan gelungen sei, die Front tief in das Konfliktgebiet zu verschieben. Armenien bestätigte, dass das aserbaidschanische Militär Gebiete unter seine Kontrolle gebracht habe. Es war die erste offizielle Bestätigung dieser Art.
Laut Russlands Außenminister Lawrow haben sich Aserbaidschan und Armenien auf eine Waffenruhe in Bergkarabach geeinigt. Sie soll Samtag Mittag in Kraft treten.
Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to visit Moscow for peace talks Friday and said fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh should be halted for humanitarian reasons.
Yesterday, the Armenian foreign ministry’s spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan had this to say, in conversation with Haaretz: “Armenia has consistently raised the issue of arm supplies from Israel to Azerbaijan. Most recently, during the July aggression of Azerbaijan against Armenia, the Foreign Minister stated clearly that Israel should stop this deadly business with Azerbaijan.
Bei den Kämpfen im Südkaukasus ist die Hauptstadt von Bergkarabach nach Darstellung der Behörden mit Raketen angegriffen worden. Das aserbaidschanische Militär habe Stepanakert heute erneut beschossen, teilte der Anführer der international nicht anerkannten Republik Bergkarabach, Araik Arutjunjan, im Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter mit.
A video shared from the clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region show Azerbaijani forces using an Israeli „LORA“ missile to shell a bridge in Armenia, according to Channel 12 News.
Azerbaijan is currently fighting ethnic Armenian forces in the mountainous enclave after fighting broke out on Sunday between the two sides.
Ottawa announced in October 2019 a freeze on the issuing of export permits for military shipments to Turkey, after its incursions against Kurds in northern Syria. But it was lifted in May.
Bei den Angriffen auf Stepanakert seien mehrere Menschen verletzt worden, sagte ein Vertreter des Verteidigungsministeriums in Eriwan auf seiner Facebook-Seite.
Laut Haaretz landeten am vergangenen Donnerstag, nur wenige Tage vor Ausbruch der Kämpfe, zwei aserbaidschanische Frachtflugzeuge vom Typ Iljuschin Il-76 auf dem Stützpunkt. Zwei weitere Frachter kamen am Dienstag und Mittwoch an, was bedeutet, dass die aserbaidschanischen Streitkräfte ihre Waffenbestände weiter aufstocken konnten.
Hajiyev said that the Azeris “very much appreciate the cooperation with Israel, especially the defense cooperation.” So far, Israel has remained silent on the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. When asked if this silence bothered the Azeris, Hajiyev said, “No, no, Israel and Azerbaijan understand our situation” and cited multiple agreements between the two countries.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a leading conflict and armaments think-tank, Israel provided Azerbaijan with some $825 million in weapons between 2006 and 2019.
Those exports included drones, loitering munitions, anti-tank missiles, and a surface-to-air missile system, information from SIPRI’s Arms Transfers Database showed.
Die Präsidenten der USA, Russlands und Frankreichs haben in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die militärische Gewalt in der Konfliktregion Berg-Karabach im Süden des Kaukasus verurteilt. Sie forderten am Donnerstag die sofortige Einstellung der Kampfhandlungen und die Rückkehr zur Waffenruhe, wie der Kreml in Moskau mitteilte.
Nous, Président de la Fédération de Russie, Président des États-Unis d’Amérique et Président de la République française, représentant les pays co-présidents du Groupe de Minsk de l’OSCE, condamnons dans les termes les plus forts l’escalade de la violence récente sur la ligne de contact dans la zone de conflit du Haut-Karabakh.
Nous déplorons la perte de vies humaines et nous exprimons notre sympathie aux familles des victimes et des blessés.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have issued a joint statement regarding the situation at the Nagorno Karbakh conflict zone.
“The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
The presidents discussed the sharp escalation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They expressed deep concern over the continued large-scale hostilities there. Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called on the conflicting sides to fully cease fire without delay, deescalate tensions and show maximum restraint.
They pointed out that there is no alternative to a diplomatic and political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. In this context, they discussed the practical aspects of their further interaction, primarily within the OSCE Minsk Group. They expressed readiness to issue a statement on behalf of the Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the United States) regarding the immediate termination of the hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities, Reuters reports.
Pompeo said during a visit to Crete that he had discussed the clashes in talks earlier with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
Am Abend beschäftigt sich der UNO-Sicherheitsrat mit dem Bergkarabach-Konflikt, wie die Nachrichtenagentur AFP unter Berufung auf Diplomatenkreise berichtete. Das Treffen finde hinter verschlossenen Türen statt.
According to TASS, a number of European states initiated the meeting. The consultation format implies that only diplomats of the 15 Security Council member states are in attendance without the parties to the conflict.
The Orbiter 1K is what is known as a “loitering munition,” or kamikaze drone. The drone behaves like a drone, hovering around, until it finds a target and then slams into it like a cruise missile. In February 2019, Aeronautics reportedly completed new sales to Azerbaijan. The country has a hunger for Israeli kamikaze-style drones. The Washington Post reported in 2016 that it used an IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) Harop against Armenians as well. Armenia has complained about the 2016 incident.
Israeli Defense Ministry probes allegation that Azerbaijan asked Aeronautics Defense Systems to demonstrate drone on military target. When the drone operators refused, managers attempted to carry out the test. The company denies the allegation.
Russia accounted for almost all of Armenia’s arms imports over the past five years. A total of 60 per cent of Azerbaijan’s arms imports came from Israel and 31 per cent from Russia.
Russia will continue its arms sales to both Azerbaijan and Armenia despite the latest flare-up of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.
Russia has long been Azerbaijan’s main arms supplier. Between 2013 and 2017, its share was 65 percent of Azerbaijan’s total foreign weapons imports (Sipri.org, March 2018). Although Russia is the main arms seller to Azerbaijan, it also provides military equipment to Armenia.
A 2018 report by the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies shows that annual defense spending rose from $700 million in 2007 to $3.7 billion in 2013. Included in this was roughly $5 billion in Russian arms purchases: Baku bought T-90C battle tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Mi-35M helicopter gunships, and other equipment.
Baku’s Israeli purchases, however, have been most visible on the battlefield, in particular its drones. All eight drone types reportedly in Azerbaijan’s inventory hail from Israel, with which Azerbaijan has a long-running military relationship.
In 1921, Armenia and Georgia were also taken over by the Bolsheviks who, in order to attract public support, promised they would allot Karabakh to Armenia, along with two other disputable areas with ethnically mixed population – Nakhchivan and Zangezur (Syunik) (both last de facto belonged to Armenia). However, Moscow also had far-reaching plans concerning Turkey—hoping that it would, with a little help from Russia, develop along Communist lines. Needing to appease Turkey, bolsheviks not only have transferred Karabakh to Azerbaijan, but also have transferred it area Nachichevan, per 1919–1920 a part of Republic Armenia. From the areas declared disputable, only the small area Zangezur (a strip separating Nakhichevan from Azerbaijan proper) has been left for Armenia. As a result, the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) was established within the Azerbaijan SSR in 1923. Most of the decisions on the transfer of the territories, and the establishment of new autonomous entities, were made under pressure from Joseph Stalin, who is still blamed by both Azerbaijanis and Armenians for arbitrary decisions made against their national interests.
The Syrian militants have arrived to Azerbaijan through Turkish territory.
Below is a list of the divisions and losses.
1) al-Sharqiya rebel group – 19 militants
2) Hamza Division – 4 militants
3) 51-rd Division – 9 militants
4) Jaysh al-Nukhba group – 11 militants
5) Levant Front – 22 militants
6) Al Furqan Brigade – 33 militants
7) Al-Mutasim Division – 6 militants
The Azerbaijani military continues to target the civilian population of Artsakh in artillery strikes, Armenian defense ministry spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan told a news conference.
“Civilian settlements are under fire now. A while ago I saw images showing the Azerbaijani side shelling the Martakert city with artillery strikes,” he said.
The time for dialogue has run out and Armenia deserves an international repudiation, Peter M. Tase, US expert, strategic adviser on international affairs and public diplomacy to governments, universities and corporations in Europe and the Americas, told Trend.
According to the Decree, due to the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding districts of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, armed attacks against the Republic of Azerbaijan and regular military provocations, martial law is being declared throughout the country starting from 00:00 on 28 September 2020.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed his great concern over the latest Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, calling on both sides to immediately stop fighting.
To ease heightened tensions in Transcaucasia, Lavrov held separate phone talks with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Die Nachrichten über erneute, massive Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Armenien und Aserbaidschan entlang der gesamten Konfliktlinien alarmieren mich. Es gibt bereits Berichte über zivile Opfer auf beiden Seiten. Ich rufe beide Konfliktparteien dazu auf, sämtliche Kampfhandlungen und insbesondere den Beschuss von Dörfern und Städten umgehend einzustellen.
The news about renewed massive clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia along the entire line of conflict do alert me. There are already reports of civilian casualties on both sides. I call on the parties to the conflict to immediately stop all acts of fighting and especially the shelling of villages and cities.
Turkey has strongly condemned and reacted to Armenia’s military offensive against civilian targets on Azerbaijani territories, pledging full support with all its means to its regional ally in using its right to self-defense.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed Ankara’s full support to Baku in a phone conversation with Azeri President İlham Aliyev.
He presented evidence supporting his statement, notably that simultaneously with the operations the Azerbaijani news media have started publishing misinformation claiming Armenian side has carried our provocation and they are responding.
“Our experts and partners have presented numerous facts that days earlier there were various materials in the Azerbaijani news media about planned operations. Another evidence on this being pre-planned are the reports on the air communication between Turkey and Azerbaijan. Today in the morning, just minutes after the attacks began the Azerbaijani and Turkish news media were intensively working right at the combat operations scene, and then the Azerbaijani official news release was made falsely claiming that they are starting a large-sale counterattack. This proves that the adversary had pre-planned these operations in detail,” he said.
The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population.
“Today, from early morning, Artsakh was subjected to the aggression of the armed forces of Azerbaijan. The civilian population of Artsakh, the capital Stepanakert, and civilian infrastructures are being bombed. At the moment, there are casualties and wounded, including among the civilian population. Using heavy weapons, the enemy is attacking the positions of the Defense Army in all directions,” he said.
Nach Kämpfen mit Aserbaidschan hat Armenien in der Konfliktregion Berg-Karabach Kriegsrecht verhängt. Es ist die schwerste Eskalation im Südkaukasus-Gebiet seit Jahrzehnten.