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Russia, UN urge halt to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh to avert new war

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Russia, UN urge halt to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh to avert new war between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Azerbaijan launched a military operation in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the southern CaucasusIt raised fears that another full-scale conflict with Armenia could be under way, less than three years after previous warWar and conflictAgence France-PressePublished: 3:33pm, 20 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Russia and the United Nations called on Wednesday for an end to fighting in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, after the launch of a military operation against separatist forces.

Baku has warned it will “continue until the end” in the Armenian-majority region, over which it has fought two wars with neighbouring Armenia.

The latest flare-up came as Russia, the traditional power broker in the region, is bogged down in a conflict in Ukraine, which has left it isolated by the West.

“We urge the conflicting parties to immediately stop the bloodshed, stop hostilities and eliminate civilian casualties,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

It also said its 2,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh was evacuating civilians and providing medical assistance.

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