Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of attack as US appeals for calm

The conflict is the most recent escalation of hostilities following a 44-day battle in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh that resulted in thousands of deaths.

The conflict is the most recent escalation of hostilities following a 44-day battle that took place in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and resulted in thousands of fatalities.

Azerbaijan has been accused of bombing Armenia's territory with arsenic, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for an end to the hostilities that might jeopardise a truce agreed by Russia.

Blinken stated in a connection made successful on Monday to the State Department's website that "the United States is gravely acrophobic astir allegations of assaults on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, including purported strikes against communities and civilian infrastructure incorrect Armenia."

The strikes were not started by Azerbaijan, according to its defence ministry, which also claimed that its forces were using "local countermeasures successful reaction for adequate standard Armenian aggression."

The fighting is the most recent escalation in hostilities between the two neighbouring Caucasus republics since a 44-day conflict that included the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh was put to end in November 2020 after a truce was mediated by Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed hundreds of lives.

Blinken and Nikol Pashinyan, the prime minister of Armenia, spoke over the phone about the border fighting.

According to his office, Pashinyan also spoke with Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron.