The Armenian Protection Ministry accused Azerbaijan’s navy of opening hearth on Armenian positions. Azerbaijan claimed as a substitute that Armenia provoked the battle.
The preventing occurred precisely one week after the one-year anniversary of an armistice signed between the neighboring nations and Russia that ended a 44-day warfare within the area.
Armenian officers reported one casualty to Azerbaijan’s seven in the course of the conflict, with 13 Armenian troops captured and one other two dozen allegedly lacking.
Lawmaker Eduard Aghajanyan claimed that 15 Armenian troopers died, however just one dying has been formally confirmed.
Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke together with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to cease the preventing, but it surely took Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention – once more – to finish the battle.
Moscow brokered the armistice final yr in a deal that allowed Azerbaijan to reclaim management over components of the Nagorno-Karabakh area misplaced to Armenia in current conflicts. The 2 nations have fought for many years over the land, which Azerbaijan initially managed however during which Armenian folks lived.
Armenia’s Safety Council has known as on Russia to assist defend the nation’s territorial integrity as folks worry overtures by Turkey and Azerbaijan.
“A powerful and unequivocal response to Azerbaijan’s unlawful actions is vital for stopping additional main escalations of the safety state of affairs within the area and past,” Armenian Ambassador Mher Margaryan mentioned throughout a U.N. Safety Council assembly in New York.
An ongoing subject within the aftermath of the 2020 battle facilities on quite a lot of Armenian detainees and Prisoners of Conflict (POW) who remain in Azeri custody regardless of an settlement to free all such people from either side. The Armenian authorities lodged an official case at The Hague over the matter in September.
The Related Press contributed to this report.