At least 30 dead in battle over Nagomo-Karabakh


Armenian and Azerbaijan have traded heavy fire, mortars and artillery in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh since Saturday, when at least 30 soldiers were reported dead plus civilian casualties.  The region is embedded inside Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians. Since 1994, when a Russian-brokered ceasefire left Karabakh and swathes of Azeri territory in Armenian hands, they have run their own affairs with Armenian military and financial backing, but clashes break out on a regular basis. The latest outbreak is the worst in decades. 

President Vladimir Putin called on the two sides to stop fighting and renew negotiations. DEBKAfile: Russia is Armenia’s main arms supplier, whereas Israel sells arms to Azerbaijan.

 

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