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Azeri chief says he’ll combat ‘to the top’ if Karabakh talks fail


© Reuters. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev speaks throughout an tackle to the nation in Baku

By Nailia Bagirova and Nvard Hovhannisyan

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) – Azeri President Ilham Aliyev mentioned on Sunday his troops would “go to the top” ought to negotiations fail to lead to an settlement by ethnic Armenian forces to withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 surrounding areas.

Aliyev, talking throughout a gathering with Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu within the Azeri capital Baku, additionally mentioned Armenia had “no foundation” to request Russian army help within the battle.

Additional shelling was reported by Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in and round Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday. The demise toll within the area’s worst preventing in additional than 25 years has already surpassed 1,000 and is presumably a lot increased.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however is populated and managed by ethnic Armenians.

The battle has introduced into sharp focus the elevated affect of Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, in a former Soviet area thought of by Russia to be inside its sphere of affect. Russia additionally has a safety alliance with Armenia.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has requested Russia to stipulate the extent of the help it may anticipate from Moscow.

In response, Russia’s overseas ministry mentioned on Saturday it will present “all help required” ought to the battle spill onto “the territory of Armenia” – land that’s exterior the present battle zone.

Aliyev, quoted by state information company Azertag, mentioned he needed to resolve the battle by means of negotiations that may outcome within the withdrawal of ethnic Armenian forces.

“In any other case,” he mentioned, “we’ll proceed by any means to revive our territorial integrity and … we’ll go to the top.”

Azerbaijan’s advances on the battlefield since preventing started on Sept. 27 have decreased its incentive to strike an enduring peace deal and sophisticated worldwide efforts to dealer a truce. Three ceasefires have failed to carry.

The ethnic Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh army mentioned that missiles been focused on the city of Martuni, the village of Karin Tak and the town of Shushi, simply 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the enclave’s largest metropolis, Stepanakert.

Armenia’s defence ministry mentioned a second militant from Syria had been captured on the battlefield. Azerbaijan has beforehand denied the presence of overseas fighters.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry mentioned its military models in Tovuz, Gadabay and Gubadli had come below shelling in a single day. Fight on Sunday was concentrated in Aghdere, Aghdam, Gubadli and Khojavend – the Azeri title for Martuni.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s military says 1,166 of its troopers have been killed since Sept. 27 and the workplace of Nagorno-Karabakh’s human rights ombudsman mentioned the civilian demise toll was 45.

Azerbaijan, which doesn’t disclose its army casualties, says 91 civilians have been killed. Russia has estimated as many as 5,000 deaths on each side.

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