The Armenian Protection Ministry accused Azerbaijan’s army of opening fireplace on Armenian positions. Azerbaijan claimed as an alternative that Armenia provoked the battle.
The preventing occurred precisely one week after the one-year anniversary of an armistice signed between the neighboring international locations and Russia that ended a 44-day warfare within the area.
Armenian officers reported one casualty to Azerbaijan’s seven throughout 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 loss of life has been formally confirmed.
Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke along with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to cease the preventing, however it took Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention – once more – to finish the battle.
Moscow brokered the armistice final 12 months in a deal that allowed Azerbaijan to reclaim management over components of the Nagorno-Karabakh area misplaced to Armenia in latest conflicts. The 2 international locations have fought for many years over the land, which Azerbaijan initially managed however wherein Armenian individuals lived.
Armenia’s Safety Council has known as on Russia to assist defend the nation’s territorial integrity as individuals concern 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 scenario within the area and past,” Armenian Ambassador Mher Margaryan mentioned throughout a U.N. Safety Council assembly in New York.
An ongoing concern within the aftermath of the 2020 battle facilities on plenty of Armenian detainees and Prisoners of Battle (POW) who remain in Azeri custody regardless of an settlement to free all such people from each side. The Armenian authorities lodged an official case at The Hague over the matter in September.
The Related Press contributed to this report.