Putin and Aliyev discuss heightened tension on Armenian-Azerbaijani border

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YEREVAN, August 14. /ARKA/. Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on August 12 at the latter’s initiative, Putin’s press service reported.

According to the Kremlin’s website, an exchange of views was held on regional issues in the context of the latest exacerbation of tension on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border that took place in July this year.

“The Russian side stressed the importance of preventing any action that contributes to the escalation of tensions,” the press service said.

The two men were said to have discussed also issues of the bilateral agenda, confirmed the mutual intent to further strengthen the Russian-Azerbaijani partnership in all areas

On July 12-16 Azerbaijani Armed Forces used artillery, drones and other weapons to fire at Armenian military outposts, several villages and the city of Berd on the northeastern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border in the Tavush region.

Armenian troops suppressed the activity of the enemy, destroying 13 unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as disabling a tank and artillery batteries. The Azerbaijani fire destroyed civilian infrastructures and houses.

Azerbaijan officially confirmed the death of 12 soldiers, the Armenian side reported the deaths of at least 10 more Azerbaijani commandos. Five Armenians servicemen were also killed in the fighting.

A relative calm has been observed on the border since July 17, but information about shelling is received almost daily.

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