EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrel spoke about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. He called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to cease fire and de-escalate, according to a statement on the EU’s official website.
Borrel expressed regret for the loss of military and civilian lives and said the European Union calls for an immediate end to the clashes, de-escalation and strict monitoring of the ceasefire. According to Borrel, the parties need to return to negotiations under the supervision of the OSCE.
Earlier it was reported that Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the situation with Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov expressed concern and called on the sides to cease fire.
The new escalation of the conflict became known earlier on September 27. Azerbaijan announced the shelling by Armenian troops, which resulted in civilian casualties, and launched a military operation on the border. Full mobilization has been declared in Armenia, and the authorities of the disputed region report the deaths of Armenian soldiers and civilians.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, populated mainly by Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, and war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic signed a Protocol of truce with the mediation of Russia. Periodically, military operations resume. In July of this year, there were clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, about 300 kilometers from Karabakh. The death toll on both sides was 18.