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At the request of the Russian Federation, the United States and France, the UN Security Council will hold closed consultations on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh on October 19. Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, the press secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN, reported this to the Interfax news agency on Saturday, October 17.

Earlier, the UN Security Council already held closed consultations in connection with the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Following the September 29 meeting, the Security Council members called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to immediately end hostilities and return to negotiations. As a result of negotiations in Moscow, the parties agreed on a ceasefire from October 10, however, on the same day, Baku and Yerevan accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

Armenia sent military to Moscow to meet with representatives of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, but Baku refused a similar step. On Friday evening, October 16, the press secretary of the Prime Minister of Armenia Mane Gevorgyan told TASS agency about this.

Baku and Yerevan accuse each other of missile strikes

On the night of October 17, Baku accused Armenia of launching missile strikes on the cities of Ganja and Mingechevir. Aide to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said that as a result of the attack, more than ten people were killed and over 40 were injured.

In turn, the Armenian Foreign Ministry stated that Azerbaijani drones struck at military installations in the south of the country. As the department told Interfax, civilian infrastructure was also damaged as a result of the attack, but there were no casualties. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denies the drone attack. The ministry said that Azerbaijan has no military targets on the territory of Armenia.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry also said on Twitter that in the village of Shosh of the Askeran region of Nagorno-Karabakh, three civilians were wounded as a result of a missile strike. The condition of one of the victims is assessed as grave, the settlement suffered serious material damage, the ministry said in a statement.

Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

In the early 1990s, as a result of the armed conflict with Armenia and the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan lost control over this territory. The ceasefire between Armenia and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on the one hand, and Azerbaijan, on the other, was established in May 1994.

Until now, the negotiation process aimed at finding ways of a peaceful settlement of the conflict was mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, which includes Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Turkey. The co-chairs are Russia, France and the United States. Azerbaijan does not consider the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic a party to the conflict and refuses to negotiate with it.

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