Armenia asks Russia for help in fight against Azerbaijan


Conflict with Azerbaijan
Heavy fighting in the Caucasus: Armenia asks Putin for support

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, points his finger

Nikol Pashinyan (middle), Prime Minister of Armenia, talks to an officer of the Armenian army

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have been enemies for decades. This time, however, it is apparently not about the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Dozens of Armenian soldiers are said to have been killed.

Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Heavy fighting has broken out again in the Caucasus in the shadow of the Ukraine war. Dozens of Armenian soldiers were killed in fighting with Azerbaijan, said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, according to agency reports.

In addition, according to official information, the head of government had telephoned the President of the protecting power Russia, Vladimir Putin, during the night. Pashinyan spoke of an Azerbaijani attack to which there must be an international reaction. He and Putin therefore agreed to stay in touch. The Armenian head of government also alarmed French President Emmanuel Macron, media in Yerevan reported.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said that Azerbaijani troops attacked Armenian positions in three places with artillery and large-caliber weapons. There are dead and wounded. In Baku, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that a large-scale attempt at sabotage by Armenians had triggered the fighting. "All responsibility for the situation lies with the military-political leadership Armenia", it was said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are not fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh this time

The former Soviet republics have been at war with each other over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. However, according to Armenian information, the exclave was not attacked this time, the attacks hit positions near the cities of Goris, Sotk and Dschermuk. These are on the territory of Armenia.

The controversial Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan, but is inhabited by Armenians. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenian forces secured control of the area in a war from 1992 to 1994 and occupied large parts of Azerbaijan. In 2020, Azerbaijan regained its territories and seized strategically important points in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia, the protecting power of the Christian Armenians, is monitoring the ceasefire agreed four months later. Since then, the European Union has also made many efforts to resolve the conflict.

Foreign Office warns tourists in the region

The Foreign Office warned Germans in the region to be cautious, and that the fighting could not be ruled out. Anyone in an area affected by hostilities should go to a safe place and wait there until it is safe to leave. It is Jermuk that is popular with foreign tourists, as there is a well-known mineral spa there.

Conflict with Azerbaijan: Heavy fighting in the Caucasus: Armenia asks Putin for support

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