Azerbaijan’s blockade of Armenia raises Karabakh tensions.

Azerbaijan's territorial blockade of Armenia raises Karabakh tensions.
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Azerbaijan said on Sunday that it had erected a barrier on the only land approach to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, sparking accusations of border shooting from both Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Although the international world acknowledges Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, the majority of its 120,000 population are ethnic Armenians, and the area broke from Baku in an early 1990s battle.

Azerbaijan announced the establishment of a checkpoint on the road to Karabakh, which it justified by alleging Armenia was using the route to bring in weapons.

Azerbaijan “took appropriate measures to establish control at the starting point of the road,” according to the foreign ministry.

Azerbaijan’s government is responsible for preserving its inhabitants, sovereignty, and the rule of law by keeping order at its borders and along its roads.

In 2020, there was a war, and a cease-fire agreement was struck to end hostilities. Armenia, on the other hand, argued that the checkpoint at the Hakari bridge in the Lachin corridor was a severe violation of the agreement.

It encouraged Russia to follow through on the agreement’s parameters, which include the Russian military controlling the Lachin passage in Azerbaijan in order for transit between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh to continue uninterrupted.

Finally, “we call on the Russian Federation to implement the trilateral statement,” the Armenian foreign ministry said of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agreement.

Azerbaijani officials snapped photos of the bridge and posted them online, showing one side of the bridge blocked off by automobiles and the military.

According to the Armenian defense ministry, at about 0750 GMT, Azeri soldiers opened fire on an Armenian position in the hamlet of Sotk, situated east of Lake Sevan, killing a soldier named Artyom Poghosyan. Azerbaijan’s government has denied involvement in the soldier’s death.

Armenia has denied Azerbaijan’s assertion that its soldiers opened fire on its own forces in the Lachin region at about 11:10 GMT.

Azerbaijan retook the area in and around the enclave during a second war that resulted in a Russian-brokered peace imposed by Russian soldiers in 2020.

Since December 12th, Azeri civilians claiming to be environmental activists have battled with Russian forces in the Lachin region.

Armenia accused the protestors, who are effectively barring access to Karabakh, of being government-supported agitators. Azerbaijan argues that some convoys and humanitarian aid are let through and hence do not obstruct the road.

Armenia has repeatedly requested Moscow to assist in maintaining peace and reopening the Lachin Corridor so that people may freely travel between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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