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Border conflict breaks out between Armenia, Azerbaijan as Russia distracted by Ukraine 

Azerbaijan’s close ally Turkey condemns Yerevan for escalation of conflict two years after a cease-fire.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday called for Russia-allied Armenia to halt “provocations” on its border with Azerbaijan amid claims Baku is seeking to exploit Russia’s focus on Ukraine to reignite a conflict with its neighbor.  

Cavusoglu, whose country backs Azerbaijan, said he had discussed overnight clashes with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov. “Armenia should cease its provocations and focus on peace negotiations and cooperation with Azerbaijan,” Cavusoglu tweeted. 

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