Azerbaijan Takes Control Of Settlements in Four Karabakh Districts, Aliev Says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier discussed the development of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the Russian president expressed deep concern over the ongoing hostilities, as well as the increasing involvement of terrorists from the Middle East in the clashes.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence has accused the Armenian military of shelling settlements of the Terter region on Wednesday morning. Yerevan has yet to comment on these claims.

The current armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region started on 27 September; Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of initiating the hostilities. The international community has strongly condemned the escalation and called on the parties to settle their differences peacefully.

A US-brokered humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the third since the outbreak of hostilities last month, entered into force on Monday at 8:00 a.m. local time. The parties to the conflict have, however, accused each other of breaching the agreement.

On 9 October, the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia arrived in Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They held talks jointly for over 10 hours. As a result, Yerevan and Baku agreed to cease fire in Karabakh from noon October 10, to exchange prisoners and the bodies of fallen soldiers, and also to additionally agree on specific details of the truce. However, shortly after the ceasefire entered into force, the rival nations began to accuse each other of violations.

A second attempt to organise a humanitarian ceasefire was made overnight on 18 October; however, just a few hours after the ceasefire came into force, Armenia and Azerbaijan once again accused each other of failing to comply.

Sputnik

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