Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and French President Emmanuelle Macron held telephone talks about the situation in Karabakh,
Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed to the parties to the conflict to stop fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone on humanitarian grounds in order to exchange the bodies of the dead and prisoners. He also called for a meeting of foreign ministers of two states to be held in Moscow on October 9.
It is noted that during the meeting Pashinyan told the French President about the ongoing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Macron stressed the importance of establishing a ceasefire and holding negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within the calls of the OSCE Minsk Group and Russian President Vladimir Putin of October 8,” the report says.
Makron also added that he is in constant contact with Putin.
In turn, the Armenian Defense Ministry said that Karabakh had been “subjected to air and missile attacks”, but they were organized by Azerbaijani forces near the line of contact in order to “launch an offensive” in the Karabakh direction, according to official Yerevan.
The most unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was told that the capital Stepanakert, in particular, had been hit by artillery fire, which prompted the Artsakh authorities to call on the population to take refuge in shelters and later declared martial law and mobilization in the region.
Similar steps were later announced in Armenia as well. Universal mobilization was the first such action in the modern history of the republic.
The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev introduced martial law in a number of cities and regions of the country and announced a curfew and partial mobilization.
A number of states, including Russia, Germany, the USA, and France, called on the parties for restraint. For its part, the Turkish authorities publicly noted that Ankara was ready to provide Baku with not only political and diplomatic support but also other types of support if necessary.