Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, on a Fight over Disputed Territories that Armenia Also Claims.

October 12, 2020

We are winning and will get our territory back and ensure our territorial integrity. Let them abandon our territory in peace.

  • Fighting began on September 27th – The exact source that led to the eruption of hostilities also remains disputed.
  • Reports include civilian deaths, violence fighting, use of drones, and the hiring of outside militia (specifically Syrian militia by Turkey to fight on behalf of Azerbaijan).
  • Turkey and Russia, two bordering nations, have vested interests. Turkey backs the Azerbaijan; Russia has tried to play peace maker and negotiated a cease fire that has not held. Armenia has reached to the West, specifically the U.S., for more direct support but the results remain TBD.
  • Why This Matters: Turkey is a member of NATO – an alliance that includes the United States. Foreign policy analysts worry a local conflict can spill over to include major powers (like Russia and Turkey) more directly.

Here’s a good backgrounder on the conflict: Eruption of Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Here’s a good editorial on the stakes: Armenia, Azerbaijan Trade Accusations of Shelling Despite Truce

The most recent news as of October 12th with good context: ​Why Is Conflict Erupting Again Between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

by Jenna Lee,