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Erdogan is "trying to restore the Turkish Empire" and "continue the genocide of the Armenians," says the country's prime minister


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "is trying to get the Turkish empire going again" by "supporting terrorist attacks" in Azerbaijan in Karabakh, the Armenian Prime Minister has claimed.

Nikol Pashinyan said the actions of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region were part of the continuation of the Armenian genocide.

In the meantime, more than 300 people have died in the renewed fighting in and around the mountain enclave, which according to international law belongs to Azerbaijan, but is populated and ruled by ethnic Armenians.

According to Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani cities outside the conflict zone have also been attacked in the deadliest fighting in more than 25 years, bringing the fighting closer to the area where pipelines carry Azerbaijani gas and oil to Europe.

"We are facing an Azerbaijani-Turkish international terrorist attack," Pashinyan said today.

"I have no doubt that this is a policy to continue the Armenian genocide and a policy to restore the Turkish Empire."

The Armenian Genocide refers to the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923.

The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused Turkey of "international terrorism" to assist Azerbaijan in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Pashinyan alleged Turkey had a policy of continuing the Armenian genocide and tried to restore its empire

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has changed the dynamics of the international response to the conflict by taking a more active role. Previously, Russia was the main actor, who, along with Britain, the US and France, are a guarantor of the 1994 ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has changed the dynamics of the international response to the conflict by taking a more active role. Previously, Russia was the main actor, who, along with Britain, the US and France, are the guarantors of the 1994 ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War I.

However, it denies the numbers and denies that the murders were systematically staged and constituted genocide.

The new clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out on September 27, igniting a decade-long conflict between former Soviet neighbors around Karabakh and attracting powerful regional actors Russia and Turkey.

Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the end of a widespread separatist conflict in 1994.

Around 30,000 people were killed and a million more displaced.

Neither side has shown signs of setback since the September flare-up.

Both sides seem to be ignoring international calls for a ceasefire and a return to lengthy negotiations on the region.

In a recent interview with Sky News, Pashinyan accused Turkey of "encouraging and inciting" the conflict.

Prior to this recent flare-up, Russia was the main international force involved in the conflict, but Turkey, which is an active supporter of Azerbaijan and has a long history of bad blood with Armenia, has shown greater interest.

A man walks among rubble damaged buildings during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan

A man walks among rubble damaged buildings during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan

The recent blaze has damaged buildings and killed civilians in the area. As of Sunday, both sides reported 244 deaths, including 42 civilians, although the actual death toll is estimated to be higher

The recent blaze has damaged buildings and killed civilians in the area. As of Sunday, both sides reported 244 deaths, including 42 civilians, although the actual death toll is estimated to be higher

Pashinyan's claims of "international terrorism" refer to reports that Turkey has transported mercenaries from Syria to assist Azerbaijan in the conflict.

Turkey denies the reports.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, when long-simmering tensions between Christian Armenians and predominantly Muslim Azerbaijanis came as the republics became independent nations.

After a ceasefire in 1994, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces faced each other in a demilitarized zone where clashes were widely reported.

The international mediation efforts have made little visible progress since then.

The conflict was an economic blow to the Caucasus region as it hampered trade and caused Turkey to close its border with Armenia.

An Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece while fighting with Azerbaijan's armed forces in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

An Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece while fighting with Azerbaijan's armed forces in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the end of a widespread separatist conflict in 1994. Each side blames the other for the inability to resolve the conflict in the region that is in Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians

Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the end of a widespread separatist conflict in 1994. Each side blames the other for the inability to resolve the conflict in the region that is in Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians

Fighting regularly occurs on the borders of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The clashes are often fatal, especially in 2016 and July.

Dozens have been killed and wounded by both sides since new fighting broke out last month.

Each country accuses the other of not resolving the conflict.

The conflict in the small, hard-to-reach region is not only causing local victims and damage, but is also of concern to large regional actors.

Russia is Armenia's main economic partner and has a military base there, while Turkey has offered support to Azerbaijanis, other Muslims and ethnic brothers of the Turks.

Iran borders both Armenia and Azerbaijan and demands calm.

Under the auspices of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United States, France and Russia are to act as guarantors for the protracted peace process.