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With the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh falling apart, and no deal between local leaders and the central government in Azerbaijan, the future of Armenians in the region remains precarious. 

While the vast majority of Armenian society, the Armenian foreign minister, as well as international observers are gravely concerned for their security, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says otherwise. 

“At this moment, our assessment is that there is no direct threat to the civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Pashinyan said in a live address on September 21. 

In a complete contradiction, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan told a UN Security Council meeting on the same day that “Azerbaijan’s intention is to complete the ethnic cleansing of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.” 

Since March 2021, access to Armenian-administered Nagorno-Karabakh has been tightly controlled by the Russian peacekeepers, making information difficult to verify. But three days after the beginning of Azerbaijan’s 2023 offensive, credible reports are starting to emerge of civilian casualties and war crimes. The prime minister’s statement triggered widespread outrage and led his critics to repeat their accusations of treason. 

“I believe the PM was talking to the domestic audience and trying to avoid panic in Armenian society, while fighting against Russian state attempts to weaponize the suffering of the Armenians of Artsakh to bring down democratic governance in Armenia. He failed in doing so and even angered many of his own supporters,” analyst Eric Hacopian told Eurasianet. 

The timing of the statement, right before the UN Security Council meeting, couldn’t have come at a worse time, according to human rights attorney Sheila Paylan. “The statement is puzzling, and also obviously untrue.” 

“Perhaps in trying to calm people down, the prime minister thought he needed to make that statement,” she told Eurasianet, noting the angry protests on the streets of Yerevan.

As of September 20, the de facto Karabakh authorities were counting 200 people killed and over 400 wounded. The streets of Stepanakert are filled with “displaced people, hungry, scared, and in uncertainty,” said Karabakh Human Rights Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan.

According to Stepanyan, his office has received more than 600 cases of people missing in the region, as of September 22nd. 

“Lack of communication made it almost impossible to find them or find out whether they were killed or not. Residential areas are cut off from each other, people’s fates are unknown,” former Armenian human rights defender Arman Tatoyan said. There have been reports of a bounty of $500 being placed on the head of a particular Karabakhi Armenian woman on an Azerbaijani Telegram channel. She is to be given to a man named “Murad” as a birthday present, the alleged Telegram post reads. 

Some Armenians on social media recalled video evidence of atrocities by Azerbaijani troops against female Armenian soldiers during Baku’s incursions into Armenian territory in September 2022.

Against this backdrop, many found the prime minister’s comment about Armenians not being under threat in Karabakh inexplicably tone-deaf.

He did say in the same remarks, however, that his government was prepared to handle an influx of 40,000 families from Karabakh (which should roughly cover the region’s entire population that Armenian sources estimate at 120,000).

So far there has been no sign of Karabakh Armenians leaving through the Lachin corridor, the only route connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. Azerbaijan has been tightly restricting and at times completely closing the corridor in one form or another for the past nine months, resulting in acute shortages of food and supplies.  

“It’s not opening anytime soon,” said journalist Shant Khatcherian, who is standing by on the Armenian side of the border alongside other journalists, NGO representatives and Armenians who have relatives in Karabakh. 

Meanwhile in Armenia, today marks the fourth straight day of protests. Roads have been blocked and dozens of people have been arrested. While the anger against Russia, the European Union, and other international institutions has been palpable, many Armenians are looking closer to home for someone to blame. 

Fin DePencier is a journalist based in Yerevan

It was Mao Zedong who said that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” That harsh lesson certainly applies to the long-running battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the contested territory known as Nagorno-Karabakh — where Azerbaijan this week imposed its sovereignty by force of arms.

For Armenians, who live in the long shadow of the 1915 Ottoman genocide, the plight of an estimated 120,000 ethnic Armenians in Karabakh has been haunting. Lacking the military power to rival Azerbaijan — and without protection from Russia, the United States or even Armenia itself — the Karabakh Armenians were forced to surrender in two days.

Representatives of the Armenian government that had been running Karabakh met Thursday with Azerbaijani representatives for what officials in Baku said were “constructive” talks. The meeting was evidence that Azerbaijan was reestablishing authority over territory it had controlled legally, but not in fact, and that Karabakh Armenians were submitting to the new political reality they had long hoped to avoid.

At least 200 Karabakh Armenians died in the fighting that began Tuesday, according to local reports, as Azerbaijani artillery pounded Karabakh’s small military force and Baku’s commandos seized strategic high ground. Armenian social media carried wrenching stories about families searching for missing children and thousands gathered at the airport in Stepanakert, the region’s de facto capital, hoping to flee.

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made a televised address Wednesday night that seemed intended to stem a flight of Armenian residents who fear that Baku plans to “ethnically cleanse” the territory. He said that Armenian residents would be treated as “citizens” and that Baku would pursue only “criminal” separatists.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s decision to stay out of the conflict has brought intense criticism inside Armenia from those who feel Pashinyan abandoned his ethnic brethren. Even some of those critics conceded in interviews Thursday that Yerevan lacked the firepower to combat Aliyev’s takeover. Armenia was badly outgunned in the 2020 war that reversed nearly three decades of Armenian control of the region, and this mismatch has only grown worse.

Global power politics overlay this week’s dramatic events. The Karabakh turmoil results in part from the vacuum in the region caused by Russia’s preoccupation with Ukraine. Moscow had a small, 2,000-member peacekeeping force in Karabakh that was supposed to prevent conflict. The Russians proved powerless, and Russia said some of its soldiers were killed by Azerbaijani fire this week.

Armenia, which has relied for a century on Russian protection, had begun doubting Moscow and started pivoting to the West this year, hoping for more reliable allies. The Biden administration offered diplomatic help in trying to broker a settlement between Baku and Yerevan, but without effect. The Pentagon this month sent roughly 100 U.S. soldiers to Armenia to train its military, nominally for peacekeeping operations, but they departed on schedule as the assault on Karabakh was underway.

Armenia’s pivot West was probably badly timed. It alienated the Russians without bringing reliable Western help. The Armenians, especially in Karabakh, were isolated and vulnerable — waiting for foreign deliverance that never came. In that respect, it was a cruel recapitulation of modern Armenian history.

The Biden administration has tried for the past two years to prevent a violent resolution of the Karabakh problem by seeking a durable peace deal between Baku and Yerevan. That effort seemed to be progressing, but in the end, Baku decided to gain sovereignty by force rather than negotiation. After the assault began, Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Aliyev and urged a ceasefire, which followed soon after.

The armed takeover of Karabakh has been coming in slow motion since Azerbaijan won a 2020 war for control, reversing the breakaway status Armenian troops had won in battle in 1994. Armenians in the enclave had hoped for some form of independence rather than a compromise deal with Baku, which retained authority under international law. It never came. Azerbaijan, flush with oil wealth, grew stronger year by year. Eventually, the hammer fell.

Azerbaijan began a slow strangulation of Karabakh in December, when a government-backed organization closed the road to Armenia, known as the “Lachin Corridor.” Karabakh was gradually starved of food and fuel — and by this month, basic supplies of flour and other essentials were said to be exhausted. That’s when Aliyev struck militarily.

The Biden administration’s policy now is to prevent the ethnic cleansing that Armenians fear. Blinken is said to have urged Aliyev to grant what amounts to amnesty to the Karabakh Armenians and provide reliable guarantees for their security. The United States also hopes that a lasting accord between Armenia and Azerbaijan will be possible now that the Karabakh issue has been resolved at gunpoint. But that overlooks the deep mistrust and anxiety felt by Armenians, which will only increase after this week’s armed takeover.

Karabakh lies at one of the world’s most dangerous intersections, where the ghosts of the past stalk every living resident. An example of this bloodknot is the 1937 novel “Ali and Nino,” set partly in the mountain forests of Nagorno-Karabakh. It opens with a professor in Baku asking his students whether the surrounding region “should belong to progressive Europe or reactionary Asia.” A charming Azerbaijani prince who is one of the heroes of the story opts for Asia and forms a love match with a Georgian princess. It’s a love story, but it’s animated by the conflict between East and West. The darkest passages of the book take place in the “black garden” of Karabakh.

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Sending a UN peacekeeping mission to Nagorno-Karabakh is possible only with the decision of the UN Security Council. Stephane Dujarric, the representative of the UN Secretary General, said during a briefing.

“Decisions regarding any peacekeeping mission are made by the UN Security Council,” he said, answering TASS’s question.

Earlier, at the emergency session of the UN Security Council dedicated to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan had said that it is necessary to create an opportunity for UN-mandated peacekeeping forces to maintain security and stability in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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The Azeri policemen were killed “on the territory of Azerbaijan, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily stationed [under the trilateral statement].

The truck was on its way to the site of the terrorist attack that took place on the same day at the 58th kilometer of the Ahmadbayli-Fuzuli-Shusha road passing through the Khojavand district, which killed employees of the State Road Agency of Azerbaijan.” See also GS – Azerbaijani police officers killed as result of Armenian terror. It looks like a two steps trap, and it reminded me of the similar traps on police in the US. The common denominator might be the Wagner Group, possibly still working with the Russian peacekeepers in the South Caucasus. The Invisible Russian Hand (of the GRU) appears to be likely, and the aims may be several and intertwined: revenge for the Pashinyan’s betrayal, distraction from the Ukraine War criticism, etc. The rifle (sniper?) attack on the group of Russian peacekeepers might have been a response to killing of the Azeri  policemen. Curiously enough, one of the Russians killed was a commanding submarine officer in the Baltic Fleet. 

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With the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh falling apart, and no deal between local leaders and the central government in Azerbaijan, the future of Armenians in the region remains precarious.  While the vast majority of Armenian society, the Armenian foreign minister, as well as international observers are gravely concerned for their security, Prime…
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It was Mao Zedong who said that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” That harsh lesson certainly applies to the long-running battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the contested territory known as Nagorno-Karabakh — where Azerbaijan this week imposed its sovereignty by force of arms.For Armenians, who live in the long shadow of the…
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Sending a UN peacekeeping mission to Nagorno-Karabakh is possible only with the decision of the UN Security Council. Stephane Dujarric, the representative of the UN Secretary General, said during a briefing. “Decisions regarding any peacekeeping mission are made by the UN Security Council,” he said, answering TASS’s question. Earlier, at the emergency…
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The Azeri policemen were killed “on the territory of Azerbaijan, where Russian peacekeepers are temporarily stationed [under the trilateral statement].The truck was on its way to the site of the terrorist attack that took place on the same day at the 58th kilometer of the Ahmadbayli-Fuzuli-Shusha road passing through the Khojavand district, which killed…
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Tərtər rayonu Canyataq yaşayış məntəqəsinin yaxınlığında tərk edilmiş döyüş mövqeyi – VİDEO https://mod.gov.az/az/news/terter-rayonu-canyataq-yasayis-menteqesinin-yaxinliginda-terk-edilmis-doyus-movqeyi-video-49470.html ____ Оставленная боевая позиция близ населенного пункта Джанъятаг Тертерского района – ВИДЕО https://mod.gov.az/ru/news/ostavlennaya-boevaya-poziciya-bliz-naselennogo-punkta-dzhanyatag-terterskogo-rajona-video-49471.html…
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Azerbaijan says civilians can safely leave Nagorno-Karabakh  Al Arabiya English
As Azerbaijan regains control of Nagorno-Karabakh, ‘most acute …  news.com.au
 

Since the beginning of the year, Ukraine has received financial assistance from the EU for 13.5 billion euros
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A number of EU countries spoke out against Azerbaijan at a meeting of the UN Security Council, guided solely by the fact that Armenia is a Christian country
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“Azerbaijan envisages amnesty for Garabagh Armenian fighters who surrendered their weapons, although there were some Garabagh military units that said they would continue resistance,” Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to the Azerbaijani president – head of the foreign policy department of the presidential administration – told Reuters, Azernews reports.

Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has expressed hopes that ethnic Armenians can stay in Nagorno-Karabakh amid fears that Azerbaijan, which says it controls the region after a military offensive this week, is seeking to push out tens of thousands of people.Speaking during a government meeting in Yerevan, Pashinyan said Armenia would welcome…
posted 7h ago via theguardian.com
 

Representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh have met with Azerbaijani officials in the central Azerbaijani city of Yevlakh, to discuss the future of the region following Nagorno-Karabakh’s surrender. Thursday’s meeting reportedly lasted around three hours, with further meetings expected in the days and weeks ahead. The discussions were said to involve the…
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Ukraine war latest: Biden welcomes Zelenskyy to White House …  Sky News
Establishment of ceasefire doesn’t mean Azerbaijan no longer seeks to drag Armenia into military operations, warns PM  ARMENPRESS
 
Azerbaijan sees possible amnesty for Karabakh fighters who lay …  Colorado Springs Gazette
 
Azerbaijan sends food, other aid to Nagorno-Karabakh after ending an offensive against Armenians  The Associated Press
 
Azerbaijan claims big advance in Nagorno-Karabakh as civilians …  POLITICO Europe
 
OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani, held separate meetings yesterday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Chairman Osmani raised his deep concerns over…
posted 2d ago by Siranush Ghazanchyan via Public Radio of Armenia
 
The authorities of the Republic of Artsakh have agreed to the proposal of the Russian peacekeepers to establish ceasefire from 1 pm today. Artsakh President’s staff said in a statement the analysis of the actions of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan shows that they aim at dividing Artsakh and causing irreparable damage to its vitality. “During…
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U.S. joint exercise in Armenia to end on Wednesday as planned …  Reuters
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Armenia Says 32 Killed, Over 200 Wounded In Azerbaijan Operation  Barron’s
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Azerbaijan and Armenian forces reach cease-fire deal for breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh, reports say  KPRC Click2Houston
Azerbaijan and Armenian forces fight for 2nd day over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh  WIVB.com – News 4

“Illegal armed formations in Karabakh pose a serious threat to the lives of hundreds of our people every day. About 10,000 illegal militants have been present in that area for nearly three years,” Representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbai
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Four people have died in a gas explosion in a nine-story residential building in the Moscow Region’s Balashikha in Russia, four others were injured and two remain under the rubble
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Introduces Sanctions Act Revoking the President’s Authority to Waive Section 907, Providing Direct U.S. Aid to Artsakh WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez introduced legislation today to revoke the President’s authority to waive Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act and enact U.S. sanctions against President…
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Azerbaijan and representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh’s de-facto Armenian government have begun re-intergration talks for the territory after a 24 hour offensive by Azerbaijani forces. On Tuesday, September 19 Azerbaijan launched a new offensive against the self-governing Armenian-populated region. The attack followed a nine-month blockade of the territory…
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The transfer of our compatriots from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia may take place in the conditions when it is recorded that it is impossible for our compatriots to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh; that is, if this situation continues. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this at Friday’s Cabinet meeting of the Armenian government. “We assess that this impossibility…
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19:19, 21 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 21, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said that Armenia bears its share of responsibility but the failures of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh shouldn’t be ignored. Addressing the nation live on Thursday, PM Pashinyan commented on Russian media claims that Armenia is…
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev appears to relish embarrassing the State Department. Just weeks after the now-voided ceasefire, Aliyev castigated on live television Andrew Schofer, at the time the chief US representative on the Karabakh issue, during a Baku meeting. Noting that Aliyev did not invite the American and French representatives, he…
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For years, the European Union was treading a thin line, keeping things even-handed when dealing with Armenia and Azerbaijan. The two neighbors are locked into a decades-old dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, the mountainous breakaway region located in Azerbaijani territory but populated largely by ethnic Armenians. Long-standing hostilities erupted 30 years…
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11:37, 22 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 22, ARMENPRESS. The Armenia International Airports and governmental agencies came under heavy cyberattacks prior to the Azeri attack on Nagorno-Karabakh. Information security expert Samvel Martirosyan told ARMENPRESS that the attacks happened September 10-19. Hackers used an MS Word document with a…
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Azerbaijan envisages an amnesty for Karabakh Armenian fighters who give up their arms, though there have been some Karabakh military units which have said they will continue their resistance, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan – Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev told Reuters, Report…
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Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov attended a reception organized by US President Joe Biden within the framework of the high-level week of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan informed on its page in X that within the framework of the reception, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister met with…
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Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev moved closer to asserting rule over the separatist region of Karabakh this week, in what would mark a major victory for the autocratic leader of almost two decades. Issued on: 21/09/2023 – 14:54 3 min A file photo of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev reviewing the honour guard with the Hungarian President…
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Thirty years after the Soviet Union’s collapse, the geopolitical boundaries that once marked its former republics are blurring. Treating this space as simply post-Soviet, as Western policymakers have done for the past three decades, is out of date. Undoubtedly, Russia is anything but shy about throwing its weight around the neighborhood. Countries along…
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18:16, 21 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 21, ARMENPRESS. Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army units are deployed in the same positions where they were stationed at the time of the ceasefire taking effect, PM Nikol Pashinyan said on September 21 while presenting the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. “At this moment, when the ceasefire is established,…
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In the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia, drained by the war in Ukraine, seemed incapable of acting as the indispensable power capable of knocking heads together.
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What is happening in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is a real tragedy. Arman Tatoyan, director of the Tatoyan Foundation Center for Law and Justice, and the former Human Rights Defender (ombudsman) of Armenia, noted about this on Facebook. Tatoyan added as follows: “Tens of thousands of civilians are forced to displacement from their homes and communities…
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Windows of a government building that were broken during a protest following the launch of a military operation by Azerbaijani forces in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sept. 20.IRAKLI GEDENIDZE/ReutersArmenia needs to be “free of conflict” for the sake of its independence, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told his compatriots…
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Op-ed | Speaker’s Words About Ukraine Friendship Ring Hollow  Civil Georgia
По мнению члена группы «Renew Europe» европарламентария от Литвы Пятраса Ауштрявичюса, решения подобные решению Нацбанка об изменении порядка применения санкций, являются причиной того, что Европа все больше сомневается в том, что Грузия действительно соблюдает санкции. «Я был немного шокирован первоначальным решением центрального банка Грузии. Потом…
posted 1d ago by Нино Чичуа via ru.netgazeti.ge
 
Azerbaijani authorities have arrested at least five people who spoke out against the war following the beginning of Azerbaijan’s military offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh. On Wednesday and Thursday, three people were arrested after speaking out against the war for posting ‘prohibited’ content on social media. Two of the three have already been sentenced…
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The North Atlantic Alliance will remain a regional bloc and does not intend to expand globally, beyond the European continent, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States, Report
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Nagorno-Karabakh: Fresh reports of gunfire despite ceasefire  BBC
Azerbaijan is committing another war crime by killing peaceful and unprotected people – senior diplomat  ARMENPRESS
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Inget avtal klart i Nagorno-Karabach – eldupphör brutet  Dagens Nyheter
Diktator ber Putin om ursäkt  Marcus Oscarsson
Azerbaiyán y Nagorno Karabaj acuerdan seguir con el diálogo y …  FRANCE 24 Español

In less than 24 hours, Azerbaijan changed the situation in the Karabakh region, the French newspaper L’Opinion stated in an article, Report informs.
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If Iran gets a nuke, we have to get one: Saudi crown prince  DAWN.com
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Türkiye’s Defense Ministry on Thursday said Ankara will continue supporting Azerbaijan’s actions to protect its territorial integrity, as well as “sincere” efforts to facilitate permanent peace with Armenia after Baku sent troops to disputed Karabakh on Tuesday to disarm Armenian separatists, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Daily Sabah….
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Chaos and Crisis as Azerbaijan Attacks Nagorno-Karabakh …  bellingcat
 
The ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh is generally holding, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a statement livestreamed on Facebook. “One incident has been registered in the outskirts of Stepanakert, but the ceasefire regime is generally holding,” PM Pashinyan said. He also refuted the reports claiming that Azerbaijani troops had entered…
posted 1d ago by Siranush Ghazanchyan via Public Radio of Armenia
 
Headlines for September 21, 2023  Democracy Now!

 Links – The News And TimesLinks – The News And Times – links-newsandtimes.com Michael Novakhov’s favorite articles on Inoreader2023 Nagorno-Karabakh clashesposted at 14:39:26 UTC via en.wikipedia.orgMilitary offensive by AzerbaijanA request that this article title be changed is under discussion. Please do not move this article until the discussion…
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EU Council chief calls for dialogue on Karabakh  Yeni Şafak English
 
Azerbaijan says it wants to reintegrate Karabakh Armenians smoothly  Reuters.com
Former prosecutor general Otar Partskhaladze’s Georgian citizenship is in the process of being revoked, after the National Bank rescinded its commitment to applying Russia-related sanctions to Georgian citizens. International organisations have warned that this may affect financial support programmes in the country.  On Wednesday, three vice-governors…
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King Charles III went from a meeting with young athletes in a working-class, multicultural suburb of Paris to an emotional stop in front of the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral on Thursday, the second day of his state visit to France, Report informs via
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Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will take part in discussions on the situation in Karabakh that will take place today at the UN Security Council, Report informs.
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