The Armenian Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the provocation of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on the border, as a result of which one soldier was killed and eight more were injured. As the Armenian News – NEWS.am reports, the Foreign Ministry stated that provocations of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are carried out along the entire length of the border zone with Armenia on a daily basis.
“Expressing deep condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded, the Armenian Foreign Ministry condemns the provocative actions of Azerbaijan and states that they are planned and aim to aggravate the situation in the region,” the statement published on the agency’s website says.
It is noted that this statement is based on the fact that Azerbaijan is constantly developing absurd rhetoric regarding the so-called “Zangezur Corridor”, which contradicts the trilateral statements of November 9, 2020, January 11 and November 26, 2021, the agreements reached on November 26 in Sochi, and is an open claim to the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia.
“Units of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in May of this year illegally invaded the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia and occupied over 40 square kilometers. Today’s incident took place in one of these occupied areas, ”the Foreign Ministry said.
The ministry also stated that until now Baku has not responded to Yerevan’s proposal on a mirror withdrawal of troops, which was submitted in writing to the Azerbaijani side on November 26.
“Armenia invites Russia – the main partner in the security sphere, the CSTO, the UN Security Council, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries and the international community as a whole to pay attention to these facts, as well as to the fact that official Baku, with its militaristic statements, voiced a clear threat of the use of force, directed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia, violating the fundamental principles of international law, including the UN Charter, and endangering regional and global security, ”the statement reads.
Armenia calls on Azerbaijan to refrain from provocative actions and statements, as well as not to hinder efforts to establish peace and stability in the region.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry believes that one of the means that will help to avoid further escalation of the situation may be a mirror withdrawal of troops from the border zone and the use of an international monitoring mechanism for the entire border line.