Russia would be prepared to render “all necessary assistance” to treaty partner Armenia if fighting reached Armenian territory after its ally requested help, Russia’s Foreign Ministry declared Saturday.
Armenia and Azerbaijan had again accused each other of shelling residential areas of the separatist Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh — internationally recognized as lying within Azerbaijan.
Early on Saturday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had formally asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for “urgent consultations” on security assistance, reiterating that Turkey was backing Azerbaijan.
Pashinyan sent the letter to Putin after Armenia and Azerbaijan failed to agree a fresh ceasefire during talks in Geneva on Friday, as fighting continued overnight and Saturday. The announcements further raised fears of an escalation in fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.