Meanwhile, active hostilities have been underway on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh for a week.
Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan did not rule out the discussion of the introduction of Russian peacekeepers within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group . On October 3, he made an appeal to the nation , in which he stated that "Syrian mercenaries, terrorists, special forces of the Turkish army" are participating in the hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, and about 15 high-ranking Turkish officers are leading them from the command posts of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. In Azerbaijan, in turn, they say that "thousands of citizens of Armenian origin from Syria, Lebanon, Russia, Georgia, Greece, the United Arab Emirates and other countries are preparing to fight on the Armenian side in Nagorno-Karabakh".
Russian "peacekeepers can enter only with the consent of the two sides", - Dmitry Peskov told RBC. However, the Armenian government says that such a scenario is unlikely, since Azerbaijan did not agree to this even in 1994, all the more it will not agree now, since the country's army is now much better armed and, according to experts, has become much stronger than the Armenian one.
Nagorno-Karabakh, inhabited mainly by Armenians, demanded annexation to Armenia back in the 1980s, which led to the first serious conflict between the republics of the then not yet disintegrated USSR. In 1991, under the name of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the former autonomy proclaimed independence, which no one recognized de jure, but de facto supported by Armenia. In 1992-1994, Azerbaijan tried to take control of the self-proclaimed republic; full-scale military operations were conducted using aviation and heavy equipment. Then the Armenian side won the conflict - its armed formations took control of several regions of Azerbaijan neighboring Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1994, the countries agreed to a ceasefire, and the conflict was frozen. The last major exacerbation on the contact line of the parties occurred in April 2016, when more than 30 people were killed, but in the end, the parties again agreed on a ceasefire.
The current conflict, which began on September 27, is much more serious, according to various estimates, the death toll goes to hundreds and even thousands, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, is under fire. Artillery, tanks, aviation are used in battles. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said yesterday that the country's army has taken control of seven more settlements. Azerbaijan actively supports Turkey, in contrast to the EU, US and Russia, which call on both sides for a ceasefire.