Azerbaijan Urges Armenia to Refrain from Steps that Escalate Tensions in Region
An Azeribaijani soldier and police officer talk as they stand guard at the Kalbajar district, Azerbaijan, December 21, 2020. Picture taken December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Karimov
BAKU, TASS - The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan called upon Armenia to respect inviolability of borders and refrain from steps that may escalate tensions in the region.
“The provocations committed by the Armenian side along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in recent days, including the wounding of an Azerbaijani soldier in the Nakhchivan border zone, serve to aggravate the situation in the region,” the statement says.
“We call on Armenia to immediately stop provocative actions, respect the inviolability of borders and refrain from actions that aggravate the situation in the region,” it says.
The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the current situation on the border.
The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said on Friday that an Azerbaijani serviceman in Nakhchivan was injuried by fire that came from the territory of Armenia.
The situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border remains tense since May 12. That day, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces attempted to carry out “certain operations” in order to “adjust the border” in the Syunik Region. The Azerbaijani Forces reportedly stopped their operations after the Armenian Defense Ministry took reactive measures. Armenia views this incident as an attempt against its sovereignty. According to Pashinyan, the Azerbaijani forces traveled 3.5 km into Armenian territory. Later, Yerevan announced it contacted the Collective Security Treaty Organization over the border incident.
Both countries have been reporting various border incidents since.