Azerbaijan, Armenia Renew Fighting

The photo shows Armenian soldiers patrolling the border with Azerbaijan in July 2021. (Photo courtesy of ԶԻՆՈՒԺ MEDIA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Armenia and Azerbaijan reported dozens of casualties and soldiers missing last week after a fresh outbreak of fighting. Russia mediated a new ceasefire.

Last year, the two countries fought a 44-day war which resulted in Azerbaijan seizing control of Armenian territory. That conflict killed over 6,000 soldiers and civilians.

Armenia, a traditionally Christian-majority country, is surrounded by Azerbaijan on one side and Turkey on the other. Turkey typically aids its Muslim-majority ally Azerbaijan against Armenia. Advanced military drones from Turkey played a decisive part in last year’s war.

Russia has traditionally been an ally of Armenia. But Mock says, “Russia seems to have been very modest in their response, spending more time negotiating a peace deal than really intervening for Armenian troops.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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