A large-scale attempt at sabotage by Armenians triggered the war. “The full responsibility for the situation lies with the military-political leadership of Armenia,” it said from Baku. Azerbaijan did not name a specific number of victims, but acknowledged “personnel losses”. Information on the exact path of attack could not initially be independently verified.
Moscow: Brokered ceasefire
Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan called defending power Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday night, according to his government. So he and Putin agreed to stay in touch.
Moscow’s foreign ministry said it had brokered a ceasefire that took effect this morning and must be observed. However, according to Azerbaijani sources, the agreement was violated again just 15 minutes after it went into effect.
Fighting continued on the border on Tuesday, Armenian online portal “CivilNet” reported, citing the Armenian Ministry of Defense. “The enemy continues to use artillery, mortars, drones and heavy-caliber firearms towards Vardenis, Sotok, Artanish, Ishkhanasar, Goris and Kapan, targeting both military and civilian infrastructure,” it said.
According to Russian media reports, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told parliament that fighting was less intense, but was still going on in some areas.
The OSCE offers itself as a mediator
Meanwhile, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called for an immediate halt to military escalation. Poland, as the current chair of the OSCE, is ready to contribute to a permanent solution between the conflicting parties in the South Caucasus, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid stressed in Vienna that further deaths and injuries must be avoided.
EU Council President Charles Michel also called for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. A full and permanent ceasefire is needed, the Belgian wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “There is no substitute for peace and stability – and no substitute for diplomacy to ensure it.” Michel called the war report very alarming.
Iran: The region cannot afford another war
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that Michel was in contact with the heads of state and government of the two countries. He also called for a return to the negotiation table. The EU is committed to further mediation. EU Special Representative Toivo Klar will travel to both countries immediately.
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi also called for de-escalation. Raisi said on Tuesday after a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that the region could not tolerate another war, state news agency IRNA reported.