Russia calls for stop to bloodshed in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

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Russia called on the conflicting parties in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to stop bloodshed and hostilities and return to the implementation of a ceasefire agreement, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement early on Wednesday.

“In connection with the sharp escalation of the armed confrontation in Nagorno-Karabakh, we urge the conflicting parties to immediately stop the bloodshed, stop hostilities and eliminate civilian casualties,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its Telegram messaging platform.

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On Tuesday, Azerbaijan sent troops backed by artillery strikes into Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh in an attempt to bring the breakaway region to heel by force, raising the threat of a new war with its neighbour Armenia.

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