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Azer­bai­jan warns over pipe­lines as Nagorno-Karabakh ten­sions rise

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Azer­bai­jan ac­cused Ar­me­nia yes­ter­day of try­ing to at­tack its gas and oil pipe­lines and warned of a “se­vere” re­sponse as ten­sions rose sharply around a fray­ing cease­fire in the moun­tain en­clave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Ar­me­nia de­nied the claim and said Az­eri forces were try­ing to seize con­trol of the tiny ter­ri­tory, which is gov­erned by eth­nic

Ar­me­ni­ans, de­spite Satur­day’s hu­man­i­tar­ian cease­fire.

Rus­sia tried to si­lence the an­gry rhetoric and ap­pealed to both sides to ob­serve the cease­fire it bro­kered over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as part of Azer­bai­jan.

But Moscow and Tur­key also ex­changed re­crim­i­na­tions over the fight­ing that has killed more than 600 peo­ple since Sept. 27, the ma­jor­ity of them NagornoKar­abakh mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan told his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Wed­nes­day that Ankara wanted a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the NagornoKar­abakh is­sue.

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