Armenia-Azerbaijan War: Firing intensified, no possibility of ceasefire in sight
Armenia and Azerbaijan have intensified shelling since the French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that jihadist militants were stationed in Nagorny Karabakh. The West and Moscow have tried afresh to stop the fighting in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region but did not succeed.
In a joint appeal on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump, and Macron have appealed to both sides to negotiate to resolve the territorial dispute. Armenian Prime Minister Nicholas Pashinan and Azerbaijan leader Ilham Aliyev have rejected requests for talks.
Russia has said that it is moving towards negotiating with Turkey, which is supporting Azerbaijan in the conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu have confirmed that they are ready to work together to improve the situation.
On the other hand, four people died and 11 were injured in heavy firing by Azerbaijan in Martuni, a small town of Karabakh. One of these 54-year-old elders is hiding in the basement of his house. Elder Artak Ayalan said never seen a bad situation. He also said that ‘I have built this house with my own hands, I will not go anywhere, even if I lose my life’. Azerbaijan has opened fire on two villages inside Armenia near Karabakh.