Nagorno-Karabkh: Azerbaijan Accused of Violating Ceasefire

The technically autonomous Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was again the source of controversy past weekend as forces sympathetic to Azerbaijan and Armenia seemingly reengaged. The two countries have been at odds since the end of the Nagorono-Karabkh War in 1994, and despite attempts to negotiate long-standing cease fire agreements, numerous conflicts have occurred over the past few years, including the downing of an Armenian helicopter in November of 2014.

The most recent incident stems from an incident which culminated in the deaths of two Armenian soldiers on January 3. The Nagorno-Karabkh Defense Ministry, which has been accused by Azerbaijan of acting as little more than an Armenian puppet state, issued a statement claiming that Azerbaijani agents illegally crossed into the region, before being stopped and eventually engaging in fire with Armenian forces. The Armenian government has warned that retaliation may be in order should more Armenian soldiers be killed.  Azerbaijan, in seemingly mixed reports, has denied that any fighting took place, and that any Armenian soldiers died, while also claiming that Armenian forces engaged them with heavy machine guns.

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