Azerbaijani MoD denies accusations of carrying out offensive attack
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
Azerbaijan did not attempt to carry out an offensive attack, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.
"The Armenian media, referring to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, disseminated information that the Azerbaijani army allegedly made an attempt to attack and, suffering losses, was forced to retreat. The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan officially claims that this is another disinformation, and the Azerbaijani units did not make any attempts to attack," the ministry 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.