Armenia and Azerbaijan were accused this Thursday of a new confrontation at the border in which four soldiers were wounded on both sides.
He Armenian Ministry of Defense reported three military officials injured by a azerbaijani attack with artillery and mortars that began at dawn.
According to a statement issued by the Defense Ministry, Azerbaijani forces opened fire on Armenian positions near the town of Sotk (Eastern Armenia) at 06:00 local time.
“The Armenian side has three wounded. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces also opened fire on an ambulance carrying the wounded.”says the official note.
In September 2022 Azerbaijan has already attacked with artillery and heavy weapons the Armenian positions in Sotk and other towns close to the border.
bakuFor his part, he accused Armenia of initiating the attack by attacking his positions from the town of Sotk.
Due to the Armenian actions, an Azerbaijani soldier was seriously injured in the head, the military department said.
“Despite the warnings about the need to end the provocations and the deliberate aggravation of the situation, the Armenian side once again violated the ceasefire,” the minister stressed. Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.
To contain the “provocation” the “necessary” response measures were taken, adds the official note.
In recent days the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that there has beentangible progressin the peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan with the mediation of Washingtonand expressed his confidence that they will soon close a definitive agreement that will put an end to the border conflict.
The leader of US diplomacy made these statements in the last of four days of negotiations between the Armenian Foreign Minister, Ararat Mirzoyan, and the one from Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramovat the George Shultz Center, just outside Washington.
“During these days we have made tangible progress. The final agreement is near and we are determined to continue helping our friends so that they can achieve itBlinken stated.
The secretary was of the opinion that closing a pact of these characteristics “is not easy”, but stressed that there is a “determination” to move forward on all sides and applauded the “inspiring” leadership of his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“The last kilometer of a marathon is always the most difficult. We already know. But America is here to help our friends. to cross the finish line,” he said.
Both countries put an end in autumn 2020 to the last war for control of Nagorno Karabaghthe region that has been disputed since the 1980s.
But the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has escalated in recent months after Azerbaijan closed the only route connecting Nagorno Karabagh with Armenia.
Both sides accuse each other of violating the truce signed after the bloody war of 2020.
(With information from EFE)
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