Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev Threatens Military Action Against Armenia On Twitter

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Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has been accused of human rights abuses by Amnesty International. Reuters

Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, took to Twitter to condemn Armenian forces after dozens were killed in a deadly clash in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous area that is claimed by both nations. Aliyev’s series of impassioned tweets stated that “military means” are a possibility when it comes to restoring the country’s territorial claims over the disputed area.

In the wake of the violence, the Azerbaijani president spent several tweets talking up the military capabilities of the country.

 

 

 

According to a report by The Guardian, the Nagorno-Karabakh territory is recognized under international law as belonging to Azerbaijan, though it is home to a predominately Armenian population and has been a point of contention between the two countries for two decades.

A  spate of violence that began last weekend left at least 14 people dead -- the worst conflict in the area in recent history. Both sides blame the other for prompting the clashes, while details of the altercation still remain unclear. Armenia’s defense minister, Seyran Ohanyan, told journalists earlier this week that the “whole responsibility for escalation of the situation and human losses is on official Baku [Azerbaijan’s capital].”

 

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