The intensity of hostilities has decreased, but attacks on one or two fronts from Azerbaijan continue.Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following the death of 49 Armenian soldiers in a clash with neighboring country Azerbaijan.
Background: The dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan — two countries that also border Russia, Turkey, and Iran — is part of a decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, an area that is inside Azerbaijan but mainly populated by Armenians. Russia is facilitating cease-fire talks. Both countries were part of the former Soviet Union.
- Why It Matters: The Armenian government has announced it will “officially ask Russia for assistance under a friendship treaty” and will “appeal to the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Moscow-dominated security alliance of ex-Soviet nations…” (AP). Turkey supports Azerbaijan.
- The U.S. has called for an immediate ceasefire between the two countries. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the government “is deeply concerned about reports of attacks” and “have long made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict.”
- This is a developing story.
Armenia says 49 soldiers killed in attacks by Azerbaijan (The Associated Press)
by Jenna Lee,