Russia obliged to defend Armenia in case of conflict with Azerbaijan – Yerevan

After a sequence of firefights and fatalities reported on the nation’s border with Azerbaijan, Armenia has mentioned it expects Russia to step in and assist stop a return to all-out battle that threatens the Moscow-backed ceasefire.

The secretary of the nationwide safety council, Armen Grigoryan, claimed that Azerbaijani forces had entered Armenian territory “as an act of aggression” on Wednesday. “In 1997, Armenia and Russia agreed to mutually help each other in such cases,” he mentioned. “In this regard, we turned to Moscow.”

When requested to clarify what sort of help Yerevan is requesting, the official mentioned that it hopes to arrive at a decision by means of diplomatic channels. If this isn’t doable, nonetheless, “then it is necessary to solve the problem by military means.”

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Dozens of soldiers feared injured & killed in new Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting

Azerbaijan introduced on Wednesday that seven of its servicemen died throughout fight operations and that 10 had been injured. Yerevan, in the meantime, has reported one fatality, however mentioned that it had misplaced communication with 24 of its personnel, who’re nonetheless unaccounted for.

The scenario on the Azerbaijani-Armenian frontier has stabilized since reviews of skirmishes on November 16, in keeping with each side. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu implored the 2 former Soviet republics to cease any actions which may worsen tensions. Moscow subsequently introduced there had been a pause in combating.

Both sides have each pointed fingers at each other for the newest clashes, with Armenia accusing Azerbaijan of invading its territory and taking quite a few troopers prisoner, in addition to capturing installations on the border.

Azerbaijan has claimed that it was appearing in self-defense, nonetheless, searching for Armenian anti-tank weapons that had allegedly shot at its positions throughout the frontier.

The clashes sparked considerations over a resumption of full-blown battle, with each nations having fought a bloody conflict final yr over the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh. The area is a de jure a part of Azerbaijan, however has been run in recent times by the ethnic Armenian majority.

A Moscow-brokered deal ended battle within the area and noticed peacekeepers despatched there. The settlement additionally required Yerevan to signal over a big quantity of territory to Baku, together with a lot of the lands held by Armenians since a bloody battle within the early 1990s.

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