The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh1 Azerbaijan
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense reported that during Tuesday, and on Wednesday night, the fighting continued in several sectors of Nagorno-Karabakh. It was reported that Armenia shelled the positions of the Azerbaijani army with small arms, mortars, and artillery. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported that during the fighting, 3 Armenian artillery installations, several mortars, and 3 trucks with personnel were disabled. «The Azerbaijani army controls the operational situation along the front line» — the statement concluded. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry also reported that on Wednesday morning, Armenia shelled the Terter region of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, reported on Facebook that the air defense forces of the defense army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic shot down an Azerbaijani Air Force plane in the southern sector of the frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh. It was noted that the general situation is still relatively tense. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denied the information about the destruction of an Azerbaijani Air Force plane in Karabakh. The Azerbaijani military department stated that «the information about the downed Azerbaijani military aircraft is fake».
«The President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, went on a working visit to Brussels» — the press service of the Armenian Presidential Administration reported. «During his visit to Brussels, President Sarkissian will meet with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the European Council President Charles Michel, and other high-ranking officials» — the statement reported. It was noted that the Armenian President intends to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. The NATO press service confirmed that a meeting of the Armenian President and the NATO Secretary General is planned at the NATO HQ. The topic of the negotiations wasn’t specified.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, held separate meetings on 20th and 21st of October with the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Jeyhun Bayramov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. «During the talks there was a discussion of the urgent issues, related to the implementation of the agreements on a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, and on the creation of conditions for a sustainable settlement of the conflict» — the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated during an interview to the newspaper ‘Iran’ that the countries of the region should take the presence of the terrorists in Nagorno-Karabakh seriously. “It has been confirmed at the international level that the mercenaries from Syria are indeed being deployed in the region, via Turkey, in order to participate in hostilities. It poses a significant threat to the region. Unfortunately the countries of the region haven’t responded to this reality. There is no doubt that the presence of the foreign terrorists will represent a threat to the region in the future. The countries of the region should take this issue more seriously» — the Armenian embassy in Iran quoted Pashinyan’s words. Earlier, Armenia stated that the Turkish servicemen are taking part in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the side of Azerbaijan. Turkey is also sending mercenaries from the pro-Turkish Syrian groups to the conflict zone.
Stephanie Williams, the Acting Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Libya, and the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, stated during a briefing that during the talks in the ‘5 + 5’ format, which took place in Geneva, the parties of the Libyan conflict reached an agreement to open the roads between all areas and cities in Libya. “The parties agreed to open all land roads that connect all regions and cities of Libya” — Williams said. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.