In an unprecedented move, the representatives of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the provinces of Ardabil, East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, and Zanjan, have issued a joint statement supporting the Republic of Azerbaijan.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire starting on Saturday to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed in the conflict between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
The talks were the first diplomatic contact between the enemies since fighting over the breakaway enclave erupted on Sept. 27, killing hundreds of people. The ceasefire begins at 12 p.m.
Lavrov, who mediated the negotiations in Moscow, announced the ceasefire at 3 a.m.(midnight GMT) after 10 hours of talks with his Armenian and Azeri counterparts. He also said Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to start talks on the settlement of the conflict.
Russia's top diplomat added that International Red Cross Committee would act as an intermediary in the humanitarian operation.
He did not provide details on the talks but said the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Minsk Group would mediate.
Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov did not speak to reporters.
The mountain enclave belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but broke away in a war as the Soviet Union collapsed and is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.
The renewed fighting in the decades-old conflict has raised fears of a wider war drawing in Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a defence pact with Armenia.
The clashes have also increased concern about the security of pipelines that carry Azeri oil and gas to Europe.
The fighting is the worst since a 1991-94 war that killed about 30,000 people and ended with a ceasefire that has been violated repeatedly.
Azerbaijan said on Friday that 31 Azeri civilians had been killed and 168 wounded since Sept. 27. It has not disclosed information about military casualties.
Nagorno-Karabakh said 376 of its military personnel and 22 civilians had been killed since the beginning of the conflict.
BREAKING: Several buildings destroyed in Ganja, Azerbaijan after Armenian artillery strike.
The devastation in Azerbaijani city of Ganja following a reported Armenian missile strike
Additional photos of the damage in Ganja in Azerbaijan after the Armenian attack tonight.
#UPDATE: Initial- first reported video of ballistic missile strikes on Ganja, Azerbaijan
#UPDATE: At least 5 killed, 35 wounded in Ganja, Azerbaijan, following missile strike reportedly from Armenia
The ballistic missiles have been fired from the territory of Armenia against the city of Ganja. It is far away from combat zone. There was no military necessity. Armenia's foreign ministry in vile manner attempts to deny its state responsiblity for this nefarious warcrimes.
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It's a miracle that this war monger Erdogan is still leading that country, being able to do every madness necassery for his pan-osmanic phantasms.
He offended the EU, the Netherlands and Germany in particular.
Even more he provoked Russia again and again, shooting down that Su-25 not that long ago. If that russian jet violated turkish airspace, which is dubious, it cannot be more than some seconds. And that is not, what Russia said, but what his NATO-allies said. If Putin hadn't put up hard sanctions he wouldn't have apologized to Russia.
He played a dubious role in Syria, even a criminal like Assad is his enemy. He offended Israel, he offended the USA (-> S400-deal), he played a dangerous game not only in Syria, but in Lybia too and now in this conflict with Syrian mercenarys and Turkish Military supporting Azerbaijan and heating up the conflict (perhaps he's even the one who recommended Baku to attack).
His own military tried a revolt and (sadly) failed.
If there was ever a situation, where a "regime change" was justified, than this is. And *nobody* would miss him / be backing him: Russia is his enemy, he's not a reliable ally for the NATO (and I'm sure the NATO knows that) and ~ 50% of his own population would be glad to get rid of him.
NAGORNO KARABAKH: Armenian Telegram channels share image claiming Azerbaijani forces in the area of Zangilan on the Armenian border have been cut off by an Armenian counter attack. https://t.co/Jl9KsxjhRt