Armenia on Thursday accused Azerbaijan’s army of crossing the southern border in an ‘infiltration’ to ‘lay siege’ to a lake that’s shared by the 2 international locations. Azerbaijan rejected the claims
File picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin, proper, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. AP
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated Friday he requested Russian President Vladimir Putin for army help after accusing Azerbaijani troops of crossing the nation’s southern border and making an attempt to assert territory.
Russia and Western international locations together with the US and France have voiced concern as tensions run excessive after final 12 months’s struggle between the arch-foes over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Talking at a unprecedented session of Armenia’s parliament on Friday night, Pashinyan stated he had requested Putin “for the Russian Federation’s help, together with army help.”
He additionally stated that French President Emmanuel Macron “is contemplating the potential for placing the problem on the agenda of the UN Safety Council.”
“France is able to present army help, to help worldwide efforts aimed toward resolving the problem,” Pashinyan advised lawmakers.
Armenia on Thursday accused Azerbaijan’s army of crossing the southern border in an “infiltration” to “lay siege” to a lake that’s shared by the 2 international locations. Azerbaijan rejected the claims.
Final 12 months Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a struggle over the breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Pashinyan earlier additionally made a proper request for the Collective Safety Treaty Group, a Moscow-led safety bloc, to carry consultations on supporting member Armenia.
Below the treaty, members of the bloc, which additionally consists of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, take into account aggression in opposition to one member as aggression in opposition to all of them.
The six-week battle claimed some 6,000 lives and ended after Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had managed for many years.
Pashinyan knowledgeable Putin of his choice to show to the CSTO throughout a cellphone name late Thursday, his workplace stated.
“The Russian aspect reaffirmed its readiness to proceed exerting energetic mediation efforts with a view to make sure stability within the area,” it stated.
The 2 “agreed that the state of affairs ought to be settled by getting Azerbaijani troops again to their beginning positions.”
The Kremlin stated Putin was calling on each international locations to respect peace agreements, including that Russia would proceed “energetic mediating efforts”.
“The Armenian aspect expressed excessive concern over the state of affairs on the border,” Kremlin opposing Dmitry Peskov stated. “President Putin shared this concern.”
‘Prepared to guard territory’
Earlier Friday Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan stated Armenian and Azerbaijani officers have been in talks to defuse the newest disaster however there have been no outcomes to this point.
He stated Armenia wished to settle the problem peacefully however added that “we have to be prepared to guard our sovereign territory.”
Azerbaijan has referred to as Pashinyan’s claims provocative, saying its “border troops are taking positions that belong to Azerbaijan, within the Lachin and Kalbajar districts.”
Armenia, which had managed Lachin and Kalbajar for the reason that Nineties, handed the districts again to Azerbaijan final 12 months beneath a Russian-brokered ceasefire settlement that ended the preventing.
On Friday, Azerbaijani Overseas Minister Ceyhun Bayramov mentioned the state of affairs with a consultant of the US State Division, Philip Reeker.
“It was famous that such points ought to be resolved via negotiations,” Azerbaijan’s overseas ministry stated in an announcement.
Bayramov stated that senior representatives of the nation’s border guard service had been dispatched to the disputed space for talks, the assertion stated.
On Thursday, the US – one of many three nations within the so-called Minsk Group that leads diplomacy on Nagorno-Karabakh – stated it was “intently following” the tensions.
France’s Macron has expressed his nation’s solidarity with Armenia and stated Azerbaijan’s troops “should withdraw instantly.”
Ethnic Armenian separatists declared independence for Nagorno-Karabakh and seized management of the mountainous enclave and a number of other surrounding areas in a struggle within the Nineties that left tens of hundreds useless and compelled lots of of hundreds from their properties.
After final 12 months’s battle they retained management of most of Karabakh itself, with Russian peacekeepers deployed between the 2 sides.