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'Open Secret': Experts Cast Doubt On Yerevan's Claims Over Nagorno-Karabakh

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The exact relationship between Yerevan and the Armenia-backed separatist military force in Azerbaijan's breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is murky.
 
Independent researchers say it is very difficult to obtain analytically solid details about the exact size of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Army or the source of some of the separatist fighters' weaponry.
 
But the general perception is that there are political, economic, and military links with Yerevan -- and that the Armenian government supports ethnic Armenian fighters who have controlled the territory since the end of their separatist war against Azerbaijan in the early 1990s.
 
Close examination of the separatist force does reveal some military ties with Yerevan, as well as political synergy.
 
But Armenia's government insists it has not deployed any military subunits on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
 
Both Yerevan and Nagorno-Karabakh's self-declared, internationally unrecognized leadership maintain that the separatist forces solely comprise ethnic Armenian fighters from the breakaway region.
 

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'Open Secret': Experts Cast Doubt On Yerevan's Claims Over Nagorno-Karabakh

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