In a recorded speech on Sunday, Pashinyan said that the escalation in Karabakh could deviate from the borders of the region and threaten international security, calling on the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the international community in general to focus on the seriousness of the situation.
He said, "We are on the verge of a large-scale war in the southern Caucasus, which threatens unpredictable consequences. The war may deviate from the borders of the region and extend to a wider system. I call on the international community to use all pressure mechanisms and prevent any Turkish intervention in the conflict."
The Armenian Prime Minister held Azerbaijan responsible for the new escalation in Karabakh, stressing that the Azerbaijani attack would receive an "appropriate response".
Pashinyan stated that the Azerbaijani forces suffered losses during their offensive operations in the region, indicating that Yerevan could force Baku to stop fighting and bring peace.
He warned that Azerbaijan might continue its offensive deep into Armenian lands, stressing that the Yerevan government decided in this context to impose martial law and declare general mobilization.
The forces of the unrecognized Karabakh Republic announced that 16 of its members were killed today, Sunday, as a result of armed clashes with the Azerbaijani side.
A spokeswoman for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Shushan Stepanyan, said that the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artur Sarkisyan, reported that, according to preliminary data, the Armenian side lost 16 soldiers, while more than 100 others were wounded.
On Sunday morning, armed clashes broke out on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces.