United States’ secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that Turkey’s involvement in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has increased the risk in the region. 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.

The fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27. Each side has accused the other of targeting civilians. Both sides have rejected talks and ignored growing international calls for a ceasefire.


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