Daily Memo: Nagorno-Karabakh Simmers

Fighting continues, though neither side appears to have made any territorial gains.

“Negotiating” on the battlefield. The latest update from the fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh is that the fighting is ongoing and little has been accomplished. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says Armenia has suffered as many as 2,300 casualties since the battle began, plus the destruction of approximately 130 tanks and armored vehicles, over 200 artillery and missile systems, some 25 air defense systems, etc. The claims of Armenia’s Defense Ministry were more modest, stating most recently that Nagorno-Karabakh’s forces had taken out an Azerbaijani ammunition convoy and a multiple rocket launcher system. Despite this, the foreign minister of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh region said neither side had made any territorial gains. More significantly, Armenia continues to insist that a Turkish F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 on Tuesday. The F-16 was 60 kilometers (40 miles) inside Azerbaijan’s airspace, according to Armenia’s Defense Ministry. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev disputes this, saying Turkey plays a stabilizing role in the region and provides his country with only moral support. Not wanting to exacerbate tensions, Russia’s presidential spokesman said Wednesday that, as Turkey had not officially announced its participation in the conflict, it was impossible to say whether it was assisting Azerbaijan. Looking ahead, […]

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