Moscow, Russia – Cold shower from Russia to Armenia! Russia has officially left Armenia.

The waters on the Armenian front line do not stop. Armenia, which also sent the latest prison prisoners to the front, was almost shocked by the response it received after the help it requested from Russia.

In response to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s repeated request for assistance from Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that the conflicts were not on Armenian soil.

In a written statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry evaluated Pashinyan’s call to start consultations on how Russia can support Armenia by sending a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Referring to the Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Support Agreement signed by Russia with Armenia in 1997, the statement said: “in accordance with the agreement, Russia will provide the necessary support to Yerevan if the conflicts move directly to Armenian territory. We reiterate our call for an urgent ceasefire for the parties to the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.” the statement said.

The Azerbaijani army had liberated 4 urban centers, 3 towns and about 200 villages and some important hills from the occupation of Armenia in an operation that began on September 27 in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russia’s refusal to Pashinyan!

According to breaking News, Armenia is violating the agreement “not to target civilian people or non-military points” provided in Geneva yesterday and attacking civilian settlements of Azerbaijan with cannons and missiles. Despite the ceasefire, the Azerbaijani army continues to inflict losses on Armenian forces that open fire on Azerbaijani soldiers and settlements in different directions on the front.

On the thirty-fifth day of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, in which the sound of shelling was not interrupted, the Azerbaijani army continues to inflict losses on Armenian forces, who, despite the ceasefire, opened fire on Azerbaijani soldiers and settlements during the night in different directions of the front.

Today, 3 tanks belonging to the Armenian army, 1 “Grad” missile system, 1 truck full of ammunition, 3 howitzers were destroyed and a large number of military personnel were neutralized, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

Footage shared by the Ministry shows vehicles and targets belonging to the Armenian army being hit by point shots.

Hikmet Hajiyev, advisor to the president of Azerbaijan, stated that the Armenian army carried out Cannon and missile attacks on the provinces of Terter, Agdam, Goranboy and Agjabedi.

Haciyev noted that from 06.00 to 12.00 today, more than 300 shells were fired by the Armenian army at 32 settlements in 4 provinces.

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, with the participation of the co-chairs of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group.

The OSCE Minsk Group announced that the two countries had agreed not to target civilians or non-military sites.

Hikmet Hajiyev, advisor to the president of Azerbaijan, stated that the Armenian army carried out Cannon and missile attacks on the provinces of Terter, Agdam, Goranboy and Agjabedi.

Haciyev noted that from 06.00 to 12.00 today, more than 300 shells were fired by the Armenian army at 32 settlements in 4 provinces.

In response to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s repeated request for assistance from Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that the conflicts were not on Armenian soil.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for the launch of consultations on how Russia can support Armenia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

Referring to the Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Support Agreement signed by Russia with Armenia in 1997, the statement said: “in accordance with the agreement, Russia will provide the necessary support to Yerevan if the conflicts move directly to Armenian territory. We reiterate our call for an urgent ceasefire for the parties to the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.” the statement said.

The Azerbaijani army had liberated 4 urban centers, 3 towns and about 200 villages and some important hills from the occupation of Armenia in an operation that began on September 27 in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan established outposts on the Iranian border, liberated from the occupation of Armenia. The Azerbaijani flag was erected at the soltanli, Halafli, Hudaferin and Kumlak outposts in the provinces of Gabriel and Zangilan, and soldiers associated with the Azerbaijani state Border Service began to serve here.

After 27 years of occupation, the Azerbaijani army took full control of 132 kilometers of the Azerbaijan-Armenia border on October 22.

Sunday (September 27th) clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh began in the morning with Armenia violating the ceasefire. Nagorno-Karabakh is recognized as part of Azerbaijan by the United Nations (UN) and the international community. However, some areas in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, which accounts for about 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, have been under Armenian occupation since the early 1990s. The region was declared a ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’ in 1991. But no country, including Armenia, has recognized this place internationally.

Nagorno-Karabakh (Upper Karabakh), which covers an area of 4,400 square kilometers in the South Caucasus, has been waiting for a solution for many years as the biggest problem between Azerbaijan and Armenia. So, what is the history of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, both countries of the former Soviet Union? The word origin of the’ Nagorno-Karabakh ‘ region consists of a mixture of several different languages. Even a few languages found in its name show how the region has been exposed to the transition between different cultures throughout history.

Nagorny (or Nagorno) in English is Karabakh. The word’ Nagorny ‘means’ mountainous ‘ (нагорный), in Russian. In Azerbaijani, just like in Turkish, it is referred to by the words ‘dağliq’ or ‘yuxarı’, which means ‘mountainous’. Karabakh, on the other hand, is a common word in Turkish and Persian, meaning ‘black garden’.

When Azerbaijan and Armenia joined the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1922, Nagorno-Karabakh developed into a structure that seemed accepted, but was not adopted by Armenians. In Nagorno-Karabakh, which was granted autonomous region status under the Republic of Azerbaijan in 1923, the status quo was maintained until the end of the 1980s, when the Soviet system came to a standstill, although ethnic Armenians living in the region raised their discomfort with the Azerbaijani administration from time to time.

Along with the process of openness (glasnost) and reconstruction (perestroika), which Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, initiated in 1985 to pave the way for a blocked system, Nagorno-Karabakh, like all the problem areas of the Caucasus, came to light. Evaluating the ever-weakening authority of the Soviet administration, the Autonomous Administration of Nagorno-Karabakh demanded annexation to the Republic of Armenia in 1988. While this demand was not reciprocated, after Azerbaijan and Armenia declared their independence in 1991, the secession attempts of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh also intensified.

During this period, the Azerbaijani population in Karabakh had fallen by up to 20 percent due to forced migrations. In a referendum held on December 10, 1991, which was boycotted by Azerbaijanis remaining in the region, Armenians voted to leave Azerbaijan. After the referendum, the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh was declared, but this initiative did not find a response in the international community. Tensions between the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, supported by the Armenian army, and the Azerbaijanis living in the region increased with the declaration of independence. In 1992, the conflict turned into a hot war between the Armenian army and the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Azerbaijani army.

At the end of the war, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh took control of the entire region, as well as occupied seven neighboring regions (Rayons). Thus, the direct contact points of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan were quite limited. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been described in academic circles as a ‘frozen conflict’ for years. Despite the ongoing settlement negotiations at intervals, violations of the mutual ceasefire are frequently repeated both on the Nagorno-Karabakh-Azerbaijan contact line and on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border. August 2014 saw the bloodiest clashes in 20 years. 13 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in two days of fighting on the Nagorno-Karabakh border. The Armenian Defense Ministry also announced that 20 soldiers were killed.

Half a million refugees took refuge in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and about a million people were forced to relocate. Some towns and villages that existed before the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were completely abandoned and destroyed. More than 14 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory is still under occupation. Azerbaijanis say that the region has historically been under their control and therefore belongs to them, while Armenians claim that Armenians have always lived in the region and that Azerbaijani rule is illegitimate.

Other states were reluctant to intervene because it was seen as a domestic issue. Since 1992, the conflict has become interstate due to the fact that it took place between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Defense spending in Azerbaijan has increased by about 50 percent every year since 2003. In 2012, defense spending accounted for a fifth of Azerbaijan’s total public spending. Armenia also expanded its arsenal with the help of Russia.

Although the exact numbers are not known, it is believed that the population of Lachin and Kelbajar with small settlements totaled about 14 thousand people. According to the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, there has been no significant increase in the population since 2005. Ethnic Armenians settled in the region have limited access to infrastructure, economic activities and public services. Many of them are also missing identity documents.

The weakest part of the problem is the contact line, which is 175 kilometers long. This line, filled with minefields, resembles the trenches of the first World War. 30 thousand soldiers have been deployed to the contact line by the Armenian side and slightly more than this number by Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijanis and Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh cannot influence the process. Armenian and Azerbaijani public opinion has more influence on the process than the locals of the region.

The Minsk Group Co-Chairs have no spokespersons or media secretaries. For this reason, the talks have little media coverage. Russia, having previously taken a position close to Armenia, now prefers to stand at an equal distance from Azerbaijan and Armenia. This strategy strengthened after the war with Georgia in August 2008.

The strategic priority has become the isolation of Georgia. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is less important to the United States than the conflicts in the Middle East. The Armenian Lobby in Congress, the energy security of the Caspian Sea Basin, the ‘fight against terrorism’ and the ability to use Azerbaijani airspace on flights to Afghanistan are priority issues for the United States.