Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict
Developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, where confrontations had already made themselves noticed in July, resulting in 16 deaths, threaten to break regional stability. After weeks in which the conflict threatened to reignite, Armenia and Azerbaijan declared martial law and mobilized troops to the region, where the escalation materialized in open conflict.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated having secured strategic positions, accusing Armenia of launching artillery strikes. Armenia, on the other hand, states that there was an attack by Azerbaijan on the city of Stepanakert. The UN Security Council is reported to have organized closed-door consultations to discuss the situation, with Russia calling for a cease-fire and offering to mediate negotiations.
To make matters more complicated, the Armenian ambassador in Russia stated that 4,000 Syrian mercenaries were present in the region, with the help of Turkey, in order to fight for Azerbaijan. Without any means to confirm these numbers, reports in other media sources state that there were casualties among Syrian mercenaries, who were contractors working for Turkish defense companies. Additionally, there are accusations that Iran is transporting armament to support Armenia, which Iran denies.
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- Protests in Southern Iraq and Baghdad, on the anniversary of the 2019 demonstrations that lasted for months and led to nearly 600 deaths.
- A de-escalation mechanism between Turkey and Greece was established, in the context of NATO, after weeks of negotiations.
- The EU is raising the alarm, as the epidemic reaches concerning numbers, in terms of the emergence of a second wave of Covid-19.
- Iran revealed a new naval base in the strategic region of the Strait of Hormuz.
- Greece and the US reaffirmed their intention of strengthening cooperation in maritime delimitation disputes as well as strategic and security matters.
- Japan and India agreed to cooperate with the USA, Australia and Israel in the technological development of 5G.
- Kurdish media reports that the American embassy in Iraq relocated to the city of Irbil.
- Bangladesh moved troops to its southern border, as a response to an increase in patrols and security by Myanmar.
- The Supreme Court of Spain maintained its 2019 ruling, stating that Quim Torra, president of the region of Catalonia broke electoral law, and thus should be removed from office. Torra renewed calls for Catalans to remain in civil disobedience, leading the Spanish Interior Ministry to relocate 500 police officers to the region.
- The American envoy in Syria stated that the US may normalize relations with the Assad regime, provided that the country adopts a 2015 UN resolution, calling for a political agreement and a cease-fire.
- Viktor Orbán admits the possibility of forfeiting 6 billion euros in EU funds, in exchange for rejecting conditions on the application of the rule of law.