Armenian defense ministry reports lull in fighting on Armenia-Azerbaijan border


YEREVAN, July 16. /ARKA/. Things on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan are mainly calm now, no incidents and aimed fire have been reported, Shushan Stepanyan, spokesperson for the Armenian defense ministry said.

“The situation along the entire border is under the full control of the Armenian Armed Forces,” she said.

Stepanyan called for not paying attention to propaganda publications about the Armenian army, periodically published by the Azerbaijani side.

About Escalation of Tension on Armenia-Azerbaijan Border

Since July 12, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have been carrying out aggressive actions against Armenia on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Azerbaijan made attempts to violate the state border in the Tavush region of Armenia using a tank, mortars, howitzers, drones and Grad MLRS. Shelling is carried out at Armenian strongholds, the Armenian villages of Chinari, Aygepar, Nerkin Karmirahpyur and Paravakar, as well as the city of Berd, were attacked. Two enterprises, houses of civilians and a gas pipeline were hit.

The Armenian Armed Forces provide a proportionate response to periodically renewed shelling and suppress enemy activity. The air defense units of the Armenian Armed Forces destroyed the control system of the UAV of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, as well as more than 10 drones.

On Tuesday, the Armenian defense ministry reported that, as a result of the shelling, two policemen, who were on combat duty, as well as three military personnel, were slightly injured. Major Garush Hambartsumyan, captain Sos Elbakyan, as well as junior sergeants Smbat Gabrielyan and Grisha Matevosyan were killed by the enemy’s shot. There are no casualties among the civilian population of Armenia. Azerbaijan officially confirmed the death of 11 people.

Concerns regarding the escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border were expressed, in particular, by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar, co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the US Department of State, the United Nations, NATO, the ICRC and other international structures. The CSTO also expressed serious concern over the escalation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan and called for an immediate ceasefire. Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, expressed concern by saying that Moscow was ready for mediation efforts to resolve the situation. -0—


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