- Russia emphasized the need for an early ceasefire was emphasized
- The government of Armenia intends to consider the issue of recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh by Yerevan.
- Russia and Turkey also discussed the conflict in Karabakh.
On Sunday September 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Armenian foreign Minister Z. G. Mnatsakanyan. The situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone was discussed, and Sergey Lavrov expressed serious concern over the ongoing large-scale fighting on the contact line, as well as information about the dead and wounded.
The need for an early ceasefire was emphasized. It was noted that Russia, together with the other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group, will continue to make mediation efforts aimed at stabilizing the situation. This information became available via the Russian MID.
MID is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, which is the central government institution charged with leading the foreign policy and foreign relations of Russia.
Furthermore, there is phone conversation scheduled with the Azerbaijani foreign Minister Dmitry Bayramov. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the country’s armed forces occupied a number of villages and strategic heights in the Fizuli and Jabrayil districts (adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh).
Armenia in turn is mobilizing healthy men under age of 55 due to the renewed conflict in the region.
Moreover, the government of Armenia intends to consider the issue of recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh by Yerevan.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said this in Parliament on Sunday. “Yes, we should consider the issue of recognizing the independence of Artsakh (the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), we have such an issue on our agenda. We need to discuss this very seriously. We are considering all scenarios,” he said. According to the Armenian Prime Minister, fighting is taking place along the entire contact line. “Both we and our enemy have significant losses,” he added.
Russia and Turkey also discussed the conflict in Karabakh.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. This is reported on the website of the Russian Diplomatic Department.
The report says that Lavrov “expressed serious concern about the ongoing large-scale fighting on the line of contact, information about the dead and wounded.” The Russian side called for an early ceasefire and assured of its readiness to mediate in the settlement of the conflict.
Earlier it became known that Turkey is ready to provide Azerbaijan with any support in the situation with Nagorno-Karabakh.
The new escalation of the conflict became known earlier on September 27. Azerbaijan declared about the shelling by the Armenian troops, resulting in casualties among the civilian population and started a military operation on the border.
Full mobilization has been declared in Armenia, and the authorities of the disputed region report the deaths of Armenian soldiers and civilians.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, populated mainly by Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, and war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic signed a Protocol of truce with the mediation of Russia.
Periodically, military operations resume. In July of this year, there were clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, about 300 kilometers from Karabakh.