YEREVAN (Mediamax)—Azerbaijani armed forces continued to violate the ceasefire agreement in place between Azerbaijan and Armenia last night, firing on the Armenian border in the Tavush region. At least one Armenian soldier has been killed and one other wounded since yesterday. Three civilians were also wounded in the attacks on Tavush.
According to Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan, after Armenian forces retaliated against Azerbaijani aggression, the shooting ceased at around midnight last night local time. Hovhannisyan noted that the shooting has lessened as compared to past days.
“All the Azerbaijani provocations will be responded to,” Hovhannisyan told reporters on Friday, adding that the situation on the border is “controllable.”
Hovhannisyan also said that the “Shant-2015” military exercises the Armenian Ministry of Defense is currently holding should not be mixed with the situation on the border.
Spokesman for the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Davit Babayan, said on Friday that Azerbaijan has long become a fascist state, as indicated by Baku’s constant escalation of the situation on the border with Armenia and Artsakh.
“Azerbaijan has long become a fascist state, a state demonstrating an aggressive behavior in domestic and foreign affairs. On the foreign front, it is manifested by provoking undisguised aggression against Armenia and Artsakh, and persecutions of activists and dissidents inside the country,” said Babayan at a press conference in Yerevan today.
Babayan attributed Baku’s newest round of provocations on the border to upcoming parliamentary elections happening in Azerbaijan this year. According to Babayan, President Ilham Aliyev is attempting to divert people’s attention in Azerbaijan away from domestic issues and toward Armenia’s and Artsakh’s image as an external enemy.
“The rival tries to transform the discontent in the country and shift the country’s issues on Armenia and Artsakh. It’s a campaign typical to them. We have repeatedly voiced Baku’s anti-Armenian policy but we haven’t seen the adequate response from the international community. Vice versa, the first European Games were held in this fascist country. An aggressor is encouraged by impunity,” said Babayan.
Babayan stressed that the Artsakh Defense Armey is in control of the situation on the line of contact with Azerbaijan and that the other side does not have any advantages.