Tbilisi A good week after that of Russia mediated ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan is being shot at again on the border of the two ex-Soviet republics. The governments in Yerevan and Baku accused each other on Friday that the other military opened fire first.
First, the Armenian Ministry of Defense stated that Azerbaijan got in the morning shelled Armenian positions from various locations. Shortly thereafter, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan announced that Armenia had repeatedly shelled three different areas of the border region for nine hours since Thursday evening. Both sides said they fired back.
The conflict, which had been smoldering for a long time, had turned violent again on Tuesday of last week. After two days of fighting in which nearly 200 soldiers were killed, Armenia announced a cease-fire agreement.
The two countries have been at odds for decades over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is mostly inhabited by Armenians. Under international law, the Caucasus region belongs to Azerbaijan, from which it broke away in 1991.
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The conflict escalated into a war in 2020, which ended after six weeks with a Russian-brokered ceasefire. As part of the deal, the Moscow government then sent thousands of troops to the region to monitor peace.
Armenia is militarily allied with Russia, which is also trying to maintain friendly ties with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is militarily and financially controlled by the Turkey supports.