Daily Trust

Azerbaijan warns over pipelines as Nagorno-Karabakh tensions rise


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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