YEREVAN, Armenia — Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia disregarded the suggestion of peace talks Tuesday, accusing one another of obstructing negotiations over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with dozens killed and injured in three days of heavy combating.
Within the newest incident, Armenia stated one among its warplanes was shot down by a fighter jet from Azerbaijan’s ally Turkey, killing the pilot, in what could be a serious escalation of the violence. Each Turkey and Azerbaijan denied it.
The worldwide group is looking for talks to finish the decades-old battle between the 2 former Soviet republics within the Caucasus Mountains area following a flareup of violence this week. It facilities on Nagorno-Karabakh, a area that lies inside Azerbaijan however has been below the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Armenian authorities since 1994 on the finish of a separatist battle.
The U.N. Safety Council referred to as on Armenia and Azerbaijan Tuesday night to instantly halt the combating and urgently resume talks with out preconditions. The U.N.’s strongest physique strongly condemned the usage of drive and backed Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres’ earlier name to cease the combating, deescalate tensions, and resume talks “at once.”
Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev informed Russian state TV channel Rossia 1 that Baku is dedicated to negotiating a decision however that Armenia is obstructing the method.
“The Armenian prime minister publicly declares that Karabakh is (a part of) Armenia, interval. On this case, what sort of negotiating course of can we discuss?” Aliev stated. He added that in accordance with ideas brokered by the Minsk group, which was arrange in 1992 by the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe to resolve the battle, “territories across the former Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous area must be transferred to Azerbaijan.”
Aliev famous that if Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says “that Karabakh is Armenia and that we must always negotiate with the so-called puppet regime of Nagorno-Karabakh, (he’s) making an attempt to interrupt the format of negotiations that has existed for 20 years.”
Pashinyan, in flip, informed the broadcaster that “it is vitally arduous to speak about negotiations … when particular navy operations are underway.” He stated there is no such thing as a navy answer to the battle and referred to as for a compromise.
However first, Azerbaijan should “instantly finish (its) aggression in the direction of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia,” Pashinyan stated. “All of us understand this as an existential risk to our nation, we mainly understand it as a battle that was declared to the Armenian individuals, and our individuals at the moment are merely compelled to make use of the fitting for self-defense.”
Since Sunday, the Nagorno-Karabakh Protection Ministry reported 84 servicemen had been killed. Aliyev stated 11 civilians had been killed on its aspect, though he didn’t element the nation’s navy casualties.
Each nations accused one another of firing into their territory exterior of the Nagorno-Karabakh space on Tuesday.
The separatist area of about 4,400 sq. kilometers (1,700 sq. miles), or concerning the dimension of the U.S. state of Delaware, is 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Armenian border. Troopers backed by Armenia additionally occupy some Azerbaijani territory exterior the area.
Armenia additionally alleged that Turkey, which helps Azerbaijan, was concerned. “Turkey, in accordance with our data, appears for an excuse for a broader involvement on this battle,” Pashinyan stated.
The Armenian navy stated an SU-25 from its air drive was shot down in Armenian airspace by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet that took off from Azerbaijan, and the pilot was killed.
The allegation of downing the jet was “completely unfaithful,” stated Fahrettin Altun, communications director for Turkey’s president. Azerbaijani officers referred to as it “one other fantasy of the Armenian navy propaganda machine.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Armenia to withdraw instantly from the separatist area, and Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated Turkey is “by Azerbaijan’s aspect on the sphere and on the (negotiating) desk.”
Armenian officers stated that Turkey, a NATO member, is supplying Azerbaijan with fighters from Syria and weapons, together with F-16 fighter jets. Each Azerbaijan and Turkey deny it.
Earlier within the day, Azerbaijan’s Protection Ministry stated Armenian forces shelled the Dashkesan area in Azerbaijan. Armenian officers stated Azerbaijani forces opened hearth on a navy unit within the Armenian city of Vardenis, setting a bus on hearth and killing one civilian.
Armenia’s Overseas Ministry denied shelling the area and stated the experiences had been laying the groundwork for Azerbaijan “increasing the geography of hostilities, together with the aggression in opposition to the Republic of Armenia.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for “a direct cease-fire and a return to the negotiating desk” in telephone calls with the leaders of each nations, her workplace stated.
She informed them the OSCE gives an applicable discussion board for talks and that the 2 nations’ neighbors “ought to contribute to the peaceable answer,” stated her spokesman, Steffen Seibert.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated throughout a go to to Greece that “either side should cease the violence” and work “to return to substantive negotiations as shortly as doable.”
Russia, which together with France and the USA co-chairs the Minsk group, urged each nation to assist facilitate a peaceable decision of the battle.
“We name on all nations, particularly our companions similar to Turkey, to do all the pieces to persuade the opposing events to stop hearth and return to peacefully resolving the battle by politico-diplomatic means,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Tuesday.
Putin spoke to Pashinyan on Tuesday for the second time in three days, urging de-escalation and, like the opposite leaders, a direct cease-fire.
Related Press writers Daria Litvinova in Moscow, Geir Moulson in Berlin, Suzan Fraser in Ankara and Elena Becatoros in Athens contributed.