Serious tension observed in armed forces of Armenia - Azerbaijani defense ministry

Serious tension observed in armed forces of Armenia - Azerbaijani defense ministry

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 25

By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

After the recent events that occurred on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, a serious tension is observed on the Armenian side, the head of the press service of the Azerbaijani defense ministry, Colonel Vagif Dargahli told Trend March 25.

He said that after the recent losses and failures, nerves of the Armenian side are on edge.

According to observations, there is chaos and anarchy among both the public and the troops in Armenia, according to the head of the press service.

"This tension is observed among both the personnel of the armed forces of Armenia and the Armenian community," said Dargahli. "In recent years, the Armenian armed forces have fired at Azerbaijani positions from heavy machine guns, as well as 60- and 82-milllimetred mortars. We adequately respond by volleys of weapons of higher caliber. The most important thing is that there is no loss from our side."

He said that a shortage of soldiers is observed at the armed units on the Azerbaijani territories, occupied by Armenia.

"Why the fellow of Armenian soldier Andranik Grigoryan, who voluntarily surrendered to the Azerbaijani side, did not shoot him? That's because it was his fellow villager," said the head of the press service. "They attract civilians to trenches."

Azerbaijani armed forces launched a heavy blow to the enemy on the front line and destroyed and wounded up to 20 Armenian soldiers as a result of military clash that took place on March 19 at the front, the press service of the Azerbaijani defense ministry said March 19.

Armenian defense ministry, fearing the growing wrath of soldiers' mothers, deliberately conceals information about unsuccessful military operations and losses, the message said.

Armenian soldier Andranik Grigoryan, born in 1991, surrendered to the Azerbaijani side on March 22.

During the interrogation, Grigoryan said he surrendered to the Azerbaijani side because he feared a senseless death, the ministry said. The Armenian serviceman said that one more soldier, whose fate is not known to him, was also planning to surrender to the Azerbaijani side. Apparently, this soldier is no longer alive, he said.

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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

Edited by CN

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