Shootout between armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia had indeed occurred - Azerbaijan Defense Ministry (UPDATE)
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Shootout between units of the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia had indeed occurred, said the head of the press service of Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan Eldar Sabiroglu.
"The firing lasted for a long time, Armenians suffered losses and pulled back", he said.
According to him, such skirmishes are not uncommon in recent times, but it is interesting that it is the first time Armenian side concedes defeat.
"Usually, the Armenians are trying to hide the fact of their losses. I think that we should not look for causes. Anger and discontent of the Armenian people against the authorities and the leadership of the army are worrying them," he said.
According to Sabiroglu, the Armenian side understated its losses and the losses of Armenian side is much more.
"In order to get away from the Madrid principles, Armenia violates the cease-fire and thus they themselves lured into a trap and it should be seen as yet another provocation," he said.
Sabiroglu said that if Armenia will not withdraw from occupied territories, and if it will undertake such provocations, it can get even more telling blows.