The decades-old standoff between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh (also referred to as the Republic of Artsakh) escalated on 27 September, with each Baku and Yerevan accusing one another of sparking army hostilities.

Russia, France, the US, and different international locations have urged the perimeters to the battle to return to negotiations. The Turkish authorities, alternatively, have backed Baku, saying that Ankara is able to help Azerbaijan “both in talks and in combat”.

The Nagorno-Karabakh battle started in 1991, with the predominantly Armenian-populated area proclaiming independence from Azerbaijan and confirming it throughout a referendum, asserting plans to affix Armenia. After that, Baku and Yerevan waged a full-scale struggle for the realm between 1992 and 1994, which resulted within the deaths of round 40,000 troops and civilians on either side.

A ceasefire was mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group in 1994, however the battle remained frozen, and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic nonetheless continues to be an unrecognised state.

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