Russia has called for an end to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karbakh region. Russia’s foreign intelligence chief says the disputed mountain enclave may become a base for Islamic militants. A new call came from Moscow on Tuesday after expressing concern. British news agency Reuters reported.
Russia has consistently expressed concern on the tenth day of the worst conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in more than 25 years. However, the French news agency AFP reported that if Azerbaijan was willing to make concessions, Armenia would do the same.
The AFP did not elaborate on the proposal. Just mention the proposal made by Armenian Prime Minister Nicholas Pashinan. Azerbaijan previously stated that it would cease fighting if Armenia announced a date to withdraw troops from the Nagorno-Karbakh region.
The Nagorno-Karbakh region is internationally recognized as the territory of Azerbaijan, but is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Armenian government. The conflict ended in the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991. 30,000 people were killed in the clashes. The latest old conflict has started since 28 September (Sunday). Nearly 300 people have died in the last few days.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called for an end to the conflict. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed grave concern over the escalation of tensions in phone conversations with his Iranian counterpart.
Sergey Narishkin, head of Russia’s SVR Foreign Intelligence Service, said the conflict was attracting businessmen and terrorists from the Middle East. “We are talking about hundreds of traders and terrorists,” he said in a statement. Now a few thousand terrorists are also hoping to make money in the new Karbakh war.
He warned that the South Caucasus could become a new base for international terrorist groups. From where terrorists can reach various countries including Russia.
Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mewla চ ā t োগ avu ল o l lu, Azerbaijan’s close ally, called on Russia to be more active in establishing peace.
If the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan intensifies, regional powers are expected to join. Armenia is a member of the former Soviet Union military alliance led by Russia. Turkey, which has a conflicting relationship with Armenia, is a close ally of Azerbaijan. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed support for Azerbaijan. In addition, Iran is the neighbor of both countries involved in the conflict.