The continued fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh could escalate into large-scale war. The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said at a meeting with ambassadors of the OSCE countries, said in a statement his press office.
“Further escalation of hostilities could lead to unpredictable and irreversible consequences up to full-scale war. This will affect not only South Caucasus, but questions of security and stability in the European region,” said Sargsyan.
According to the Armenian President, Azerbaijan started operation in Karabakh for “pre-exhaust” scenario. He said that Baku’s actions led to the deaths of civilians, including children, however, the defense army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic “managed to bring the situation under control.”
Sargsyan also said about the role of Turkey in the conflict, saying that Ankara “is provoking war in the region and openly support the adventurous policy of the Azerbaijani leadership”. He expressed the view that in these circumstances it is necessary to increase opportunities for monitoring by the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman”. The President stressed that Yerevan is ready for “reasonable compromise” to resolve the situation.
On the night of 2 April the situation in the area karabakhskogo conflict escalated. The parties have accused each other of provoking the clashes and the shelling of settlements. In Yerevan and Baku reported the loss of troops and military equipment on both sides.
On Monday, the Azerbaijani defense Ministry reported the destruction of Armenian command post and the death of Armenian colonels and generals. In the defense Ministry of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), denied this information.