Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations, truce under threat

Armenian and Karabakh armed forces holding joint military exercises at a training ground near the town of Tigranakert in the breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh, November 14, 2014Armenia on Saturday threatened arch-foe Azerbaijan with “retaliatory” artillery and rocket strikes, and accused Baku of breaching the shaky truce that ended their bloody war over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region two decades ago. “In order to quell the enemy’s (military) actions… Armenian armed forces will be hereafter using proportionate means of artillery and rocket striking, permanently targeting positions of Azerbaijani armed forces, all movements of military manpower and equipment,” Armenia’s defence ministry said in a statement. “Armenia — and when I speak of Armenia, Nagorny Karabakh is its integral part — is among the world’s most militarised territories,” he said in televised remarks.

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