Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have accused each other of violating the terms of a ceasefire brokered by Russia in Moscow.
The ceasefire agreement was the first diplomatic contact between the two countries since fighting erupted over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27th, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
Armenia’s defense ministry accused Azerbaijan of shelling a settlement located inside Armenia, while forces in N-K alleged Azerbaijani forces launched an offensive five minutes into the ceasefire, they claim two deaths.
President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, stated on Russia’s RBC outlet that both countries were engaged in attempting to find a political agreement, but said fighting would likely continue. The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, stated that the ceasefire agreement would only last as long as it took the Red Cross to set up the deal to exchange fallen soldiers bodies.
International Committee of the Red Cross stated that it was ready to facilitate the handover of bodies of those killed in the clashes, and the release of prisoners.
Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke with Armenian and Azerbaijani counter parts on Saturday, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry. Russia states both countries have reaffirmed a commitment to the ceasefire agreement and the importance of enforcing it.
So far, since the ceasefire has been implemented, intensive shelling as taken place all over the area of conflict, including in both Armenia and Azerbaijan, not just Nagorno-Karabakh.
It remains to be seen whether or not both sides will attempt to come back to the table for further talks, since the 10+ hour long Moscow discussion led to a rather pointless ceasefire agreement that neither side seems willing to stick to. Stay tuned to @IntelDoge on Twitter for the latest from the line of conflict, as well as updates from elsewhere around the world.