Yerevan and Baku accuse one another of opening fireplace on the closely militarized border.
4 Armenian troopers have been killed in a firefight with Azeri forces on the 2 international locations' shared border, threatening to destabilize efforts to finish a 30-year-old battle.
The longtime Caucasian rivals accused one another on Tuesday of spreading the incident. It’s the first reported violence on the risky border since peace talks opened final 12 months in an try to finish the long-running combating over the Nagorno-Karabakh area.
Armenia's Protection Ministry stated 4 troopers have been killed and one wounded on Monday at a submit within the southern area of Syunik.
“Models of the Azerbaijani armed forces opened fireplace from small arms in the direction of Armenian fight positions within the neighborhood of Nerkin Hand. [a village]”, Armenia's Ministry of Protection stated in an announcement.
Azerbaijan stated it launched the “revenge operation” after Armenian forces opened fireplace on the closely militarized border additional north.
Baku's Protection Ministry stated Armenian forces fired at their troop positions alongside a northwestern part of the border, about 300 km (186 miles) from Nerkin Hand.
Armenia has denied that such an incident passed off.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in battle for greater than three a long time over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed landlocked mountainous area within the South Caucasus.
Claimed by each after the autumn of the Russian Empire in 1917 and after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the area has been a degree of rigidity ever since.
The pair fought wars within the Nineties and later in 2020 over the area. Azerbaijan caught him in a blitzkrieg final 12 months.
Virtually the complete ethnic-Armenian inhabitants – greater than 100,000 individuals – fled after the seize of Baku, triggering a refugee disaster.
That led to a renewed push on each side for a treaty to formally finish the battle.
However peace talks seem to have stalled in latest months, with each side accusing the opposite of sabotaging the diplomatic course of.