Sat, 05 Dec 2020

The capital of Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh came under artillery fire on October 15 after a shaky pause in shelling brought on by a five-day-old cease-fire brokered by Russia, according to Yerevan and ethnic Armenian separatists in the province.

The renewed attacks further erode hopes for an early break in the heavy fighting that flared up two weeks ago.

There are fears that the decades-old Caucasus conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region could spread into a wider conflagration involving allies Turkey and Russia.

"Five days into the Moscow Joint Statement of October 10 on cessation of fire, and Azerbaijan continues to torpedo its implementation," Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian tweeted.

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