An Armenian soldier. Photo by the press service of the Armenian Ministry of Defence

21 May 2021, 13:35

Armenia reports shooting on Azerbaijani border

In response to the shots from the Azerbaijani side, Armenian militaries opened fire on the border section of the Gegarkunik Region, the Armenian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has informed. The MoD has banned civilians from visiting the problem border areas because of the threat of conflict escalation.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported citing the Armenian party that on May 12, Azerbaijani militaries advanced to the Black Lake area. Azerbaijani authorities claim that their border guards had just changed their deployment. The negotiations haven't yielded any results yet. The situation remains tense; about 500-600 Azerbaijani soldiers are stationed in the Syunik and Gegarkunik sections of the border, Nikol Pashinyan, Acting Prime Minister of Armenia, has stated.

At the border section of the Gegarkunik Region, Armenian militaries opened a warning fire in response to several dozen shots from the Azerbaijani side, the Armenian MoD has informed.

Azerbaijan has apologized for the incident, the Armenian MoD has stated.

The Armenian MoD has called on civilians not to visit those border areas of the Syunik and Gegarkunik Regions, where Azerbaijani soldiers are located. The MoD notes that an escalation of the conflict is possible.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 20, 2021 at 05:32 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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