Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13
Armenians did not shoot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend May 13.
The ministry was commenting on the Armenian media reports which said that allegedly an Azerbaijani drone was shot down.
The ministry said all the UAVs at the disposal of the Azerbaijani armed forces are unharmed.
"The Armenian side has shot down its own drone by mistake and is now trying to mislead the Armenian public by releasing such information," said the Defense Ministry.
It was earlier reported that Azerbaijan's armed forces carried out a forced landing of an Armenian X-55 UAV, which was attempting to fly over the Azerbaijani positions along the frontline on May 13.
Thus, two Armenian UAVs got neutralized on May 13.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.