The shelling of Nagorno-Karabakh has not abated, Iran warns against the spread of the conflict

“Bombing. Houses and buildings are destroyed. We are scared. How can one endure it? How long will it take? ”Said one of the city’s residents. According to AFP sources, up to half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population, 90 percent of women and children, have fled their homes due to the fighting. “70,000 to 75,000 people have gone from their homes, either to the interior of Arcach (the Armenian name of Nagorno-Karabakh) or to other safe places outside the country’s borders,” a source told AFP.

Nagorno-Karabakh Ministry of Defense reported another 40 fallen soldiers. According to Interfax, the death toll on Armenia has risen to 280 since the start of the fighting, with Reuters reporting 320 deaths.

Iran’s concerns

Iranian President Hassan Ruhani warned on Wednesday that fighting could turn into a regional war. “We must be careful that the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan does not turn into a regional war,” he said shortly after the grenades hit Iranian villages near the border.

He added that Iran would not allow countries to send terrorists to its borders. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday that radicals were leaving Syria for Nagorno-Karabakh and accused Turkey of fanning tensions. French President Emmanuel Macron has previously spoken about sending radicals from Syria to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pasinjan pointed out that the conflict had already transcended the regional framework because “radical and international terrorists are involved, which poses a danger to all countries in the region and a security threat to the world.” Pashinjan also stressed that the situation was strongly influenced by Turkey’s involvement, which supports Azerbaijan and sells weapons to it.

The superpowers want a truce

According to Reuters, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that France, Russia and the United States would try to persuade the warring parties to the ceasefire to negotiate a ceasefire. Representatives of the three countries will meet on Thursday in Geneva and on Monday in Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in constant contact with Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pasinjan, also discussed the situation by telephone with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today.

Aliyev on Thursday accused Armenia of trying to involve European countries and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the conflict. Aliyev stressed that the dispute should not cross the borders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Aliyev said in an interview with Russian state television Pervyj kanal that he was willing to start negotiations with Armenia after the end of the acute phase of military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, the TASS agency reports, which is a concession. He originally demanded the withdrawal of Armenian forces.

The international community does not recognize the Republic of Arcach, at the time of the collapse of the USSR Nagorno-Karabakh was part of the Azerbaijani SSR and Baku considers the territory to be occupied.

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