The press service of the President of Russia
Secretary General of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) Stanislav Zas initiated an emergency meeting of the Permanent Council of the CSTO in connection with the aggravation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border
The press service of the President of Russia
Secretary General of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) Stanislav Zas initiated an emergency meeting of the Permanent Council of the CSTO in connection with the aggravation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. This was reported by press Secretary of the organization Vladimir Zainetdinov, quoted by TASS.
The press service of the foreign Ministry of Armenia stated that the Armenian diplomatic corps Zohrab Mnatsakanyan provided information on the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border during a telephone conversation with Secretary General of the CSTO .
Sunday afternoon, the Azerbaijani defense Ministry reported about the attempt of the divisions of the Armenian armed forces to attack the positions of Azerbaijani army in Tovuz direction of the border. In the ensuing battle using artillery killed two Azerbaijani soldiers and injuring five. Later from the received wounds has died another soldier.
As reported by RIA “Novosti” with reference to the defense Ministry of Azerbaijan, units of the Armed forces of Armenia, “grossly violating the ceasefire regime on the plot of Tovuz district, the Azerbaijani-Armenian border”, fired at the Azerbaijani positions.
The Armenian side, in turn, said that the military of Azerbaijan tried to cross the state border of Armenia in the direction of Tavush and grab a foothold. The country’s defense Ministry said that Azerbaijani soldiers were covered by artillery fire, in connection with which Armenian military opened fire in response. The clash continued in the night of July 13. According to Baku, the Armenian armed forces fired 120 mm mortars village of Aghdam of Tovuz district.
The Azerbaijani army attacked enemy strongholds using artillery, mortars and tanks. During the fighting killed the Azerbaijani soldier. According to the defense Ministry, Azerbaijani troops killed “a strong point in the territory of Armenia, artillery, vehicles and manpower of the enemy.”
While the Armenian defense Ministry reported about “provocative actions” of the Azeri side and denied information about the losses on their side. The Ministry also assured that Armenian armed forces fire on Azerbaijani settlements. By words a press-the Secretary of defense Shushan Stepanian, a sight is taken only of the engineering infrastructure and technical equipment of the Azerbaijani armed forces. Defense Minister of Armenia David Tonoyan said that the troops ordered to exercise restraint at the border with Azerbaijan.
“The Azerbaijani side is shelling from artillery weapons of different caliber every 15-20 minutes. The pause was from 03:30 until 05:30 (02:30-04:30 GMT). Activity is suppressed sniper fire, causing the enemy is substantial losses,” – said the Minister. He added that the operational situation at the border was controlled by Armenian troops.
Turkish foreign Ministry condemns Armenia for shelling the armed forces of Azerbaijan and conveyed condolences to the Azerbaijani people. As reported on the website of the Department, Ankara will always support Baku in its fight to protect the territorial integrity of the country.
The attack of Armenian soldiers of the Turkish foreign Ministry called “another manifestation of aggressive nationalism in Armenia”. In Ankara, said that attempts to widen the conflict with Azerbaijan, to block a political settlement doomed to failure. “The Armenian side should give up such dangerous tactics, to choose the path of reason and of law”, – reads the statement of the Turkish foreign Ministry.
Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan said that the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan will be held responsible for the worsening regional situation. “Extremely puzzling and behavior of Turkey in the face of the country’s foreign Ministry, in a statement which expressed the unconditional support of Azerbaijan’s actions,” the Prime Minister said, quoted by the news Agency Sputnik.
In his opinion, the Azerbaijani leadership intends to overshadow internal problems, going to the aggravation in the conflict zone. Pashinyan recalled that Baku has not joined the calls of UN Secretary General on global truce and allow themselves to demonstrate anti-Armenian and belligerent rhetoric in the face of deteriorating socio-economic situation against the background of the pandemic coronavirus. Armenian Prime Minister urged Armenian citizens to Express unconditional support to the soldiers and commanders who “stand firmly for the defense of the Motherland” and encouraged to monitor official communications of Armenia.