Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s SVR Foreign Intelligence Service, on Tuesday said that the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh was drawing in thousands of Islamist radicals who posed a threat to Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union and have been involved in a territorial conflict

since gaining independence within the 1990s. The main issue is the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.

Hundreds have died since the fighting began on September 27, including many civilians. Both sides have rejected talks and ignored growing international calls for a ceasefire.

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