Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in border disputes for centuries. Both nation-states sit in the Russian orbit, with both being former members of the Soviet Union. With Russia becoming bogged down in Ukraine, it appears the two former vassal states are ready to fight amongst themselves for border that advantage their people. Last week, armed conflict began once again between the two nations when Azerbaijan shelled villages in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, villages belong to Armenia.
The Azerbaijanis allege the shelling was in response to small arms fire from Armenia going into Azerbaijan villages in the region. Since then, fighting has been off and on, with the latest being mostly off. Armenia claims over 200 dead so far while Azerbaijan claims 50 dead.
Armenian authorities on Monday put the number of dead and missing after last week’s clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at 207 and called on Azerbaijani authorities to withdraw their troops from the common border.
“Having adopted the agenda of establishing peace and opening regional communications, the Republic of Armenia considers the policy of threat and coercion carried out by Azerbaijan unacceptable,” the National Security Council explained in a statement carried by the state news agency Armenpress.