Azerbaijan condemns the death of a military officer from shooting by the Armenian army at the border

The Azerbaijani government this Thursday denounced the death of a military man from gunfire by the Armenian army on the border between the two countries, in what it called “another provocation” by the armed forces of Armenia.

“As a result of another provocation by the Armenian armed forces on the night of December 8th in the direction of the Kalbajar region, soldier Aliyev Asif Adil became a martyr,” said the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense in a statement.

He also stressed that “the opposing side has been suppressed by the appropriate measures taken by the Azerbaijani army units”. “The military and political leadership of Armenia bears full responsibility for these new tensions,” he said.

Azerbaijan condemns the death of a military officer from shooting by the Armenian army at the border
Azerbaijan condemns the death of a military officer from shooting by the Armenian army at the border

The Armenian Defense Ministry, for its part, has accused the Azerbaijani army of “opening fire with weapons of various calibres in the direction of the fighting positions of the Armenian armed forces in the eastern border area”.

“The enemy’s shots were silenced by reaction measures,” he said, emphasizing that “there are no casualties on the Armenian side”. He also called for Baku to “avoid provocative actions aimed at making the situation worse”.

A year ago, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over control of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority area that has been at the center of the conflict since the decision in 1988 to separate from the Azerbaijani region integrated into the Soviet Union.

The hostilities between the two countries lasted six weeks and killed thousands. They finally ended when the two countries, through Russia’s mediation, reached a ceasefire that allowed Russian peacekeepers to settle in Nagorno-Karabakh for a period of five years.

However, the two countries led new clashes in November that threatened to exacerbate the situation on the border, although Yerevan and Baku shortly thereafter confirmed a renewed ceasefire mediated by Russia.

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