Armenian protection minister reveals nation reserving proper to ‘use force’ as tensions once more flare up on border with Azerbaijan

Nine months after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Moscow-brokered ceasefire after six weeks of preventing, the protection minister in Yerevan has warned that any future issues on the Azeri border could need to be resolved by “force.”

Speaking at a gathering with Stanislav Zas, the secretary normal of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan famous that Armenia reserves the precise to defend its territory militarily in case of provocations by Azerbaijan.

Armenia is a part of the CSTO, a mutual protection pact just like the US-led NATO bloc, comprising six former Soviet republics.

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Karapetyan spoke to Zas in regards to the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh area. The dispute is a long time outdated, with each nations believing they’ve professional claims to the territory. The area is internationally acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan however primarily populated by ethnic Armenians. Baku considers the enclave illegally occupied by Yerevan, which nonetheless controls a considerable amount of its land.

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Last November, following a six-week flare-up of the battle, Russia oversaw a ceasefire between the 2 events, which decided that Azerbaijan might hold the areas of Nagorno-Karabakh it recaptured. Armenia additionally agreed to withdraw from neighboring areas.

Following the ceasefire, the state of affairs calmed down considerably. However, in the previous couple of months, the battle has threatened to warmth up once more, with Yerevan claiming that Azerbaijani forces had crossed over into Armenian land.

“Since May, the Azerbaijani armed forces have infiltrated Armenia’s sovereign territory in two areas,” Karapetyan instructed Zas. “We support peace and do not want tension on our borders. At the same time, we are not ready to accept the situation when the Armenian border is violated.“

“And if the problem is not resolved peacefully, we reserve the right to resolve it by using force,” the protection minister acknowledged.

Last week, Yerevan’s CSTO ally Russia despatched border guards to the Caucasian nation after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan requested Moscow for help.

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