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    Armenia’s Prime Minister Says Yerevan May Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh’s Independence

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    The decades-old frozen Armenian-Azeri conflict in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh exploded into large-scale military clashes on Sunday, with each side blaming the other for the escalation.

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has announced that Yerevan may grant formal diplomatic recognition to the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, the de facto independent, Armenian-controlled region of azerbaijan better known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The prime minister added that Yerevan is considering “all scenarios for the development of events.”

    Pashinyan's announcement came following a major escalation of tensions between the self-proclaimed Artsakh Republic and azerbaijan on Sunday morning, with both sides accusing the other of starting the conflict, which has led to numerous civilian and military casualties.

    The Republic of Artsakh is a breakaway state not recognized by any member of the United , but which has unofficial support from and maintains unofficial diplomatic offices in Yerevan, as well as Russia, the United States, France, , Lebanon and . Formally, the Nagorno-Karabakh region which the Republic of Artsakh has de facto control over remains part of Azerbaijan.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in 1988 with the unleashing of nationalist sentiment in both Armenia and Azerbaijan by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika reforms. Lawmakers from the…

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