Russia, France and the United States issue a new statement on Nagorno-Karabakh

The Foreign Ministers of Russia, France and the United States issued a new statement on the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The document was published on the website of the Russian foreign policy department.

It is noted that the parties “in the strongest terms condemn the unprecedented and dangerous escalation of violence” in Karabakh. The ministers, in a tripartite statement, noted that recent attacks, tentatively targeting civilian targets, as well as disproportionate attacks, pose an unacceptable threat to stability in the region.

On September 27, clashes broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku reported that Armenian forces fired at Azerbaijani positions and settlements and announced a counteroffensive. Yerevan stated that Azerbaijan attacked the unrecognized republic. The Armenian side claims that 4,000 militants are fighting on the side of Azerbaijan, which Turkey has transferred from Syria.

In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, the majority of whose population were Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, a war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, mediated by Russia, signed a truce protocol, but hostilities are periodically resumed.