Armenia and Azerbaijan Skirmish Again Post-Summit
Armenia and Azerbaijan on June 21 clashed for the second time in roughly three days on the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline, RFE/RL reports. The skirmish, which allegedly killed one Azerbaijani soldier, comes after a June 18-19 gunfire exchange that killed four Armenian soldiers and one Azerbaijani soldier -- the worst violation of the Nagorno-Karabakh cease-fire since 2008.
Mediators pleaded with both sides to tone down the aggressive rhetoric that has accompanied the violence, which started the day after the conclusion of a St. Petersburg summit between Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Moscow was the only summit participant who spoke about some form of progress; Baku and Yerevan reported no headway. The most contentious issues remain defining the status of Nagorno Karabakh and the gradual return of territory bordering Karabakh to Azerbaijani control.