Iran ready to fire at Armenian Armed Forces if they approach its border with Azerbaijan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26
Iran announced its readiness to fire at the Armenian Armed Forces if they again approach the country's border with Azerbaijan, control over which was returned by Azerbaijan a few days ago, authoritative sources of Vestnik Kavkaza News Agency in the Islamic Republic told Trend.
"Having restored control over the border areas with Iran, Azerbaijan thereby forced Armenia to abandon the use of rocket and artillery strikes, since erroneous hits on Iranian territory will immediately lead to a retaliation from Tehran, which can be very heavy for the Armenian troops," the sources said.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.
Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.
The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.
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, the 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 the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.