Moscow ‘Concerned’ over Latest Tensions in Karabakh

An Artsakh soldier runs in trenches at the border with Azerbaijan

MOSCOW (ArmRadio)—The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern over the recent escalation of violence in the Karabakh conflict zone.

“The increased number of ceasefire violations at the line of contact has claimed the lives of servicemen. There are also reports about casualties among peaceful civilians,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Further escalation will inevitably lead to negative consequences for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. It may seriously complicate the realization of the agreements reached at the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Vienna on November 19, 2013.”

Russia urges the parties to the conflict to take additional measures to stabilize the situation, including by implementing existing provisions in the ceasefire agreement signed in 1995.

“The reported death of an Armenian soldier is tragic,” the US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick said in a Twitter post after reports revealed the killing of another Armenian soldier by Azeri snipers.

“The recent escalation – with deaths on both sides – damages prospects for peace,” Warlick added, echoing the policy of parity that the Minsk Group Co-Chairs have maintained throughout this latest spell of Azeri aggression.

Armenian soldier Karen Galstyan, born in 1994, died of gunshot wounds from Azeri sniper fire on Jan. 28.


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  1. Osik said:

    I thought we have a long term defense contract with Russians; so what’s the concern it’s an aggression and their snipers are killing our soldiers which requires DEFENSE, let’s do it together, send some snipers, otherwise what does that contract mean and when are you going to help us, on WW III ? :-)

    • Armenian said:

      You are naive if you think they’re going to step in and help us. It’s all a farce. They’ve backtracked on every promise they’ve made to us, but we keep taking their bate out of fear, helplessness and mental devotion to Russians. We might be the most pathetic and broken ethnic group in the entire world; we’ll make the same mistake thousands of times, and assure each other that this time will be different even though there is nothing to point to that.

  2. GeorgeMardig said:

    It is very hard to deal with Dictator and Corrupt, Dik head Aliyev and his family, only Democracy or Azerbaijani spring can save the situation.

    • Armenian said:

      Even though the people in the Azerbaijani Opposition are not as fervently anti-Armenian and xenophobic, an Azerbaijani Spring might make matters worse. It could create a power vacuum and cause a tremendous amount of instability that could only be quelled with renewed warfare.

      There is a certain predictability that comes with Aliyev because he, like Sarkissyan, only cares about screwing his own people over in order to reap the person and political benefits. For this purpose, there won’t be a war anytime soon.