The previous two days of fighting killed dozens and left scores wounded. The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry reported 84 servicemen killed so far. Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, said Tuesday that 10 civilians were killed on its side, but he didn't offer any details on the country's military casualties.
The heavy fighting broke out Sunday in Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan
but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Armenian government since 1994 at the end of a separatist war.
The region in the Caucasus Mountains of about 4,400 square kilometers (1,700 square miles), or about the size of the U.S. state of Delaware, is 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Armenian border. Soldiers backed by Armenia
also occupy some Azerbaijani territory outside the region.
The renewed fighting prompted calls to end the hostilities from around the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for an immediate ceasefire and a return to the negotiating table" in phone calls with the leaders of Armenia
and Azerbaijan, her office said Tuesday.
She told the two leaders that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe offers an appropriate forum for talks and that the two countries' neighbors should contribute to the peaceful solution, Seibert said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Greece that both sides must stop the violence" and work "to return to substantive negotiations as quickly as possible. Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan
in the conflict, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling on Armenia to immediately withdraw from the separatist region.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday that Turkey is by Azerbaijan's side on the field and at the (negotiating) table. Cavusoglu told reporters that the international
community must defend Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in the same way it defended the integrity of Ukraine and Georgia.
They are holding Azerbaijan, whose territories have been occupied, on an equal footing with Armenia. This is a wrong and unjust approach," Cavusoglu said after a visit to Azerbaijan's Embassy in Ankara.
Russia, which along with France and the United States co-chairs the Minsk group set up in 1992 to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, urged every country to help facilitate a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
We call on all countries, especially our partners such as Turkey, to do everything to convince the opposing parties to cease fire and return to peacefully resolving the conflict by politico-diplomatic means, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.