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Oct 18, 2020
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Pashinyan believes that Ankara persuaded Baku to attack Karabakh

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that Ankara persuaded Baku to attack Nagorno-Karabakh, RIA Novosti reports, citing an interview with the politician.

According to Pashinyan, this conflict would not have started without Turkey's intervention, which pushed Azerbaijan to attack Karabakh. The Armenian leader also said that Turkish troops are taking part in the attacks, and that jihadist fighters brought from Syria are used.

Earlier, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire, which was to enter into force at midnight on October 18. However, by Sunday morning, the parties began to accuse each other of violating the ceasefire.

Thus, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia announced artillery and rocket attacks on Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported that the military of the opposite side fired artillery and mortars at the vicinity of Jabrayil, as well as the liberated villages on the Araz River.

The aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh occurred at the end of September. The parties accuse each other of provocations. After a meeting in Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on a ceasefire in the region from October 10. The shelling did not stop.

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