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Nagorno-Karabakh forces quoted as saying ceasefire generally held on October 18

bne IntelIiNews October 19, 2020

Day, however, sees angry exchanges with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for breaching humanitarian truce.

Second attempt at Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire declared

bne IntelIiNews October 17, 2020

Agreement announced on day Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of killing at least 13 civilians in Scud missile strike on residential buildings in Ganja.

Amid war, Armenians closely watching the signals from Russia

Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet October 16, 2020

The messaging from Moscow has been pro-Armenia but critical of its government. And some Armenians are questioning their leaders’ flirtation, as mild as it’s been, with the West.

Large cyberattack ‘hit Iran’s ports electronic infrastructure’

bne IntelIiNews October 16, 2020

Government bodies implement temporary online shutdowns after country says it was the target of two substantial malicious attempts to breach state information systems.

Karabakh coverage looks at Turkish military exports to Baku and possible execution of Armenian soldiers

bne IntelIiNews October 16, 2020

Azerbaijan’s lobbying operation in Washington and Aliyev’s denial that Turkey has sent Syrian mercenaries to battle front also focus of media on day 19 of conflict.

Russia criticises Turkey for pushing military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

bne IntelIiNews October 15, 2020

Russian foreign minister adds that it would be right to deploy Russian military observers on line of contact, but that it was up to adversaries Azerbaijan and Armenia to decide.

Hospital director warns 300,000 could die of coronavirus in Iran

bne IntelIiNews October 14, 2020

Country is deep into its third, and biggest yet, wave of the disease.

'Calls grow for France to side with Armenia in enclave conflict with Azerbaijan’

bne IntelIiNews October 14, 2020

Armenian diaspora pushes Paris, angry at what it claims is Turkey’s deployment of Syrian mercenaries, to give up neutrality. Iran, meanwhile, reportedly dealing with potential rise in “pan-Turkism”.

Azerbaijan demands seat at table for Turkey in Karabakh conflict talks

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2020

Russia says there is no plan to change mediation format. Armenia accuses Baku of allowing Ankara to take over its foreign policy.

Nagorno-Karabakh truce teeters on edge of collapse after weekend of claimed attacks

bne IntelIiNews October 11, 2020

Azerbaijan’s foreign minister had warned the cease-fire would only last for as long as it took the Red Cross to arrange the exchange of the dead. Allegations of shelling flew within minutes.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree temporary ceasefire

bne IntelIiNews October 10, 2020

Breakthrough in Moscow talks comes in early hours of October 10. “Substantive talks” are now to begin.

Iran says US sanctions aim to “blow up” its remaining channels to pay for food, medicine

bne IntelIiNews October 8, 2020

Blacklisting of 18 previously unsanctioned banks cuts off country from international financial system. “Conspiring to starve a population is a crime against humanity,” says Iranian foreign minister.

‘Half of Nagorno-Karabakh civilians abandon homes amid fighting’

bne IntelIiNews October 7, 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to accuse each other of indiscriminate shelling. Armenian PM says Vladimir Putin has told him Russia will “uphold certain security commitments” to Yerevan if matters deteriorate to a certain point.

Armenia could make Karabakh concessions if Azerbaijan does same says PM

bne IntelIiNews October 6, 2020

Russia’s foreign intel head says “already even thousands” of Islamist radical mercenaries now in conflict zone. States: “We can’t not be worried that the South Caucasus is capable of becoming a new launch pad for international terrorism."

Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations of shelling of civilians on ninth day of conflict

bne IntelIiNews October 6, 2020

Amnesty International says it has corroborated use of Israeli-made cluster munitions in attack on Nagorno-Karabakh main city Stepanakert.

Armenia, Azerbaijan edge closer to outright war

bne IntelIiNews October 4, 2020

Baku accuses Armenians of rocket attack on civilian parts of second city Ganja. Yerevan accuses Azerbaijanis of indiscriminate bombardment of Nagorno-Karabakh capital Stepanakert. Ex-envoy thinks Azerbaijan will settle for limited territorial gains.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s previously flourishing economy hit by coronacrisis but supported by Armenia

Ben Aris in Berlin October 2, 2020

The disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is a small but not insignificantly sized region that generated almost three-quarters of a billion dollars of GDP in 2019, according to the self-proclaimed republic's statistics bureau.

Russia says Turkish foreign minister ‘agrees need for immediate cessation of Nagorno-Karabakh hostilities’

bne IntelIiNews October 2, 2020

Doubts as to whether statement is breakthrough given that hours earlier Turkey’s Erdogan rubbished calls for a ceasefire.

Imagine Caucasus as “another Syria” cautions Armenia’s president as conflict with Azerbaijan rages on

bne IntelIiNews October 1, 2020

Moves towards arranging peace talks only edge forward as Armen Sarkissian says: “The international community has to realise that if you don’t interfere now, then the Caucasus will become another huge problem.”

Tajikistan revives on-off dispute with Iran

Eurasianet September 30, 2020

Tehran summoned the Tajik ambassador to account for accusations of supporting terrorism.

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