Russia announced on Friday that it had started military maneuvers in the Caspian Sea, which borders the Azerbaijani capital Baku, against the backdrop of an armed conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian separatist forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.
These relatively modest exercises involving six ships, seven planes and more than 400 soldiers are being organized in the north of the Abcheron Peninsula, where Baku is located, and include artillery and missile fire, the Russian army said in a report. communicated.
They “do not pose any threat and do not impose any restrictions on the economic activities of the coastal states of the Caspian“, underlines the press release.
Fighting for three weeks between Azerbaijan and separatist troops from the secessionist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, supported by Armenia. A truce “humanitarian“was signed on Saturday under the mediation of Russia but the cease-fire remained a dead letter.
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A territory mostly populated by Armenians, Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Azerbaijan shortly before the collapse of the USSR, leading to a war that claimed the lives of 30,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of refugees from both camps in the 1990s.
The new hostilities, which began on September 27, are by far the deadliest since the 1994 ceasefire.
Russia maintains good relations with the two belligerents but is closer to Armenia, a member of a military alliance within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) led by Moscow.
Russia continues to encourage a diplomatic solution to the conflict but has warned that if the clashes spread to Armenian territory, it will fulfill its “obligations“arising from its alliance with Yerevan.
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