The article tells about the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and the policy of ethnic cleansing carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijanis.
The author Andrew E. Kramer assesses the recent incident on the frontline, use of tanks, artillery and aircraft as merely a flare-up in a long conflict or the start of a new phase.
APA presents the article below
Artillery barrages began early Saturday, threatening a breakdown of a fragile 1994 truce agreement. Armenia and Azerbaijan, both former Soviet republics, blamed each other for the violence. By evening, both sides spoke of dozens of dead, and Azerbaijan claimed that its military had advanced to capture territory, a move that seemed to bode ill for a quick resolution, said the article.
The ethnic war that began in the late Soviet period between Armenians and Azerbaijanis claimed more than 20,000 lives and ended in a cease-fire but no final settlement. The region became one of the so-called frozen conflict zones in the vast area of the former Soviet Union, with sporadic episodes of violence since the 1994 truce.
The separatist government of Nagorno-Karabakh, whose principal backers are Armenia and Armenian diaspora groups in Southern California and elsewhere, characterized the fighting as the first time since 1994 that all types of heavy weaponry were being used along the front line.
There’s real doubt whether Putin will let that stand,” Cliff Kupchan, chairman of the Eurasia Group, a geopolitical risk analysis company, said in a telephone interview. If we see this last a few days, then we have a newNagorno-Karabakh war.
Russia and Turkey, the most important rival powers in the South Caucasus, had in recent years tentatively cooperated in tamping down tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh, but they are now at odds over Syria’s civil war. Russia has backed Armenia, while Turkey has backed Azerbaijan.
Armenia has joined a Russian-backed economic bloc, while Azerbaijan has aligned with Western governments.