It looks as if Armenia has formally asked Russia for help.
From link in tweet:
'On October 31, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, detailing the situation created by the Azerbaijani-Turkish military aggression against Nagorno Karabakh and the challenges that have arisen.
In particular, the letter stressed the fact that foreign armed terrorists were transferred from the Middle East and involved in hostilities against Nagorno Karabakh.
Taking into account the facts of hostilities on the territory of the Republic of Armenia approaching the border of the Republic of Armenia, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia addressed the President of the Russian Federation to start immediate consultations to determine the type of assistance that the Russian Federation can provide to the Republic of Armenia. Recognizing the allied relations between Armenia and Russia in 1997 Article 2 of the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance of August 29, 2006.'
Question: has the wording of the letter been agreed with Russia in advance, to allow Russia to become involved and say it is responding to treaty obligations? Or is Armenia asking despite knowing that Russian help will be limited or even not forthcoming?
Pashinyans last desperate throw of the dice, fortified with his forces now firing in Azeri forces from inside Armenia to draw return fire so he can run to Putin and try and Invoke the defence treaty.
The games up as soon as Shusha falls, abd Putin hasn’t been exactly falling over himself On the aid Front.