Armenia, Russia discuss ways of reducing Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line tension

Photo: Armenia, Russia discuss ways of reducing Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line tension
 / Nagorno-karabakh conflict

Armenia's Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan received Russian ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin on Aug.5, Armenia Today reported.

They expressed concern over the escalation of tension on the contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani armies and discussed the possibilities of stabilization, according to a joint statement of Armenia's Defense Ministry and the Russian embassy in Armenia.

Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.

Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2. Azerbaijan managed to locate the group and the sabotage attempt was prevented.

During the last four days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 13 servicemen have been killed, several more were wounded. Armenian side suffered more losses while trying to hide this fact from the public.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

Edited by CN

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