Updates: 16.11.2021 16:11
Yerevan / Baku – Fighting is reported today from the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Armenia has turned to Russia to help it defend its sovereign territory. Yerevan reports dead and wounded, according to TASS, Baku reported two injured on its side. According to unconfirmed information, about 15 Armenian soldiers died. Yerevan and Baku have accused each other of cross-border attacks. The clashes are taking place near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, the AFP agency noted.
“The situation on the eastern border of Armenia remains extremely tense. As a result of the fighting unleashed by the Azerbaijani armed forces after the attack on Armenian positions, the Armenian side has lost and suffered. Information about them is being clarified,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. He added that the Armenians had lost “two military positions”.
“According to unconfirmed information, 15 soldiers of the Armenian Armed Forces have died,” the head of the Armenian Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee, Eduard Agajanjan, later told Interfax. The Armenian Ministry of Defense, according to which Azerbaijan uses, among other things, artillery, also reported that Azerbaijan captured 12 of its soldiers.
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense, on the other hand, blamed Armenian troops for sheltering its military positions. He claims that two of his soldiers were wounded in the fighting. “Units of the Armenian Armed Forces (…) have attacked the Azerbaijani army’s combat positions in the Kelbadjar and Lachin districts,” the Ministry of Defense said, according to the TASS agency. Baku further claims that the attack was repulsed and destroyed part of the Armenian military equipment.
Yerevan, meanwhile, has asked Moscow for help today. “Given that Azerbaijan has attacked the sovereign territory of Armenia, we call on Russia to defend the territorial integrity of Armenia under the 1997 agreement (on mutual defense) between our countries,” Interfax quoted Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigorjan as saying. Russia has a military base in Armenia.
A year ago, Baku and Yerevan fought a war over Nagorno-Karabakh, controlled by Armenian separatists there. The fighting ended with an agreement brokered by Russia. This deployed its troops as peacekeepers in the enclave. After the end of the six-week war, most of Nagorno-Karabakh, which was ruled by Armenian separatists in the 1980s and 1990s, remained in Armenian hands, but Azerbaijan made significant territorial gains. The conflict claimed 7,000 soldiers and about 150 civilians killed.
Tensions between the two former Soviet republics in the Caucasus remain high and there are regular clashes at common borders. The agreement also left many issues unresolved, including the legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenians living there, Reuters reported.
The situation worsened significantly in November, with Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of shooting at the border over the weekend, and on Monday Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pasinjan accused Azerbaijan of violating the common border, which Baku later denied.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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