Decades-old hostiles Azerbaijan, Armenia engage in clashes over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

File – Armenian troops are seen on the front line amid fighting with Azerbaijani forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Decades-old hostiles Azerbaijani and Armenian troops engaged in clashes once again on Tuesday over territorial disputes.

Clashes erupted between the two hostiles, Russian news outlets reported early, in a resumption of decades-old hostilities linked to the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan restored its power over the disputed region after six weeks of deadly conflict in 2020 with the Armenian troops. It re-established full control in that year.

Casualties were among the Azerbaijani forces, it acknowledged amid Tuesday’s combats. Armenia made no mention of losses but said clashes persisted overnight.

Yerevan said it would invoke a cooperation agreement with Russia and appeal to a Russia-led security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, as well as the United Nations Security Council, a Russian News agency reported.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan reached French President Emmanuel Macron and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the situation by phone.

Pashinyan also has a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the same matter.

U.S. Sectary of State soon called for de-escalation following the clash, in a statement, calling for an immediate end to hostilities.

“As we have long made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict,” Blinken said in a statement. “We urge an end to any military hostilities immediately.”

Armenia-Azerbaijan was firstly engaged in clashes in the late 1980s when both sides were under Soviet rule and Armenian forces captured large-scale land near Nagorno-Karabakh.

The disputed land is long recognized internationally as Azerbaijan’s territory, but with a large Armenian population.

The latest deadly conflict over the same issue occurred in 2020, ending with a Russian-brokered truce and thousands of residents returning to homes from which they had fled.

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