Mnatsakanyan, Lavrov discuss tense situation on Armenia-Azerbaijan border over phone

Armenian foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan had a telephone conversation today with foreign minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov, the Armenian MFA told Armenpress.

The ministers discussed the current tense situation in the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the ways to overcome it. They also discussed issues relating to the regional stability and security.

The Armenian FM considered the ceasefire violation by Azerbaijan absolutely unacceptable, which has been accompanied by an encroachment attempt towards the military position of the Armenian Armed Forces.

On July 12, at about 12:30, the armed forces of Azerbaijan attempted to violate the state border of Armenia in an UAZ vehicle in the direction of Tavush province. Following the warning of the Armenian side, the Azerbaijani armed forces left the vehicle and returned to their position. At about 13:45, the Azerbaijani forces made a second attempt to capture the Armenian border post, using artillery fire, but were pushed back, suffering losses.

The Azerbaijani defense ministry reported that four soldiers have died in the incident.

Later that day Armenian defense minister’s spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan announced that the Azerbaijani side restarted shelling the same Armenian position, using 82 mm mortars and a tank.

On July 13 Shushan Stepanyan announced that the Azerbaijani side has again resumed shelling the Armenian positions.

No casualties were reported from the Armenian side. Only two police officers, who were on a combat duty in the border, were slightly injured from the Azerbaijani operations.

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