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‘We shouldn’t overlook who began this stage of conflict’: Armenian president on Nagorno-Karabakh battle in unique RT interview

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Armenian President Armen Sarkissian advised RT that Azerbaijan has initiated the most recent spherical of clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed hope that the Moscow-mediated ceasefire will maintain regardless of issues on the bottom. “We should not forget… who started this stage of war. It was the Azeri side, not the people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Sarkissian advised RT’s Ilya Petrenko in an interview. Inhabited largely by ethnic Armenians, Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Azerbaijan in 1991 and declared itself an impartial republic after the 1994 armistice. The authorities in Baku maintains that the area is an “occupied territory” and calls for its return. The battle frozen for 26 years erupted once more on September 27, with either side blaming the opposite for beginning it. Hundreds of individuals had been killed earlier than Moscow brokered a ceasefire that was scheduled to enter impact on October 10. On Sunday, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of shelling the town of Ganja, north of Nagorno-Karabakh, killing 9 civilians and injuring 34. Baku additionally launched drone footage of the destruction.Sarkissian didn’t deny there have been violations of the October 10 ceasefire from the Armenian facet, saying they had been provoked by Azerbaijan’s preliminary violations – a declare that Baku denies. Sarkissian, nevertheless, insisted that it was not Armenia who shelled Ganja.“I’ve clear information from my government, from Ministry of Defense and Foreign Ministry… that it’s definitely not Armenia that has shelled it,” Sarkissian advised RT. He additionally famous that Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, was shelled on Saturday simply after the ceasefire went into impact. Fighting has additionally continued in Hadrut, on the southern facet of Nagorno-Karabakh. A RT crew was caught within the shelling on Monday.  Also on rt.com The ‘least-safe’ place in Nagorno-Karabakh: RT crew movies small city underneath fixed bombardment regardless of declared truce (VIDEO) Meanwhile, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev insisted that every one talks on fixing the disaster ought to be between Baku and Yerevan straight, with out what he referred to as the “puppet regime” in Nagorno-Karabakh, and that there could be no dialogue on whether or not the “occupied territories” ought to be returned to Azerbaijan, solely when.In an interview with the Moscow each day RBK, Aliyev additionally mentioned that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ought to thank Russian President Vladimir Putin for “saving” him from defeat.“When Pashinyan gave us an ultimatum, when he offended the feelings of Azerbaijanis, he deserved to be punished for it. And we did so.” Aliyev mentioned. “He should thank Putin for the fact that once again, Russia came to Armenia’s rescue.” Also on rt.com ‘Russia came to save Armenia’: Azeri President Aliyev tells Yerevan it ought to thank Putin for ‘once again’ coming to its rescue The full interview with the Armenian president will air on RT at 10:30 Moscow time (0730 GMT) on Tuesday.Like this story? Share it with a pal!

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