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A new round of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia happened immediately after Papikyan’s visit to the United States

A new round of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia happened immediately after Papikyan's visit to the United States

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The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan accused the Armenian side of a large-scale sabotage on the border of states. Also in Baku, the news disseminated in the media about the allegedly impending invasion of Azerbaijani troops into the territory of Armenia was called absurd.

Another round of aggravation between Azerbaijan and Armenia occurred on the night of September 12-13. First, the Armenian media reported on the shelling of a number of cities, such as Goris, Kapan, Vardenis, Jermuk, by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces using artillery and drones.

Immediately after that, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reported that opposite the division of the Armed Forces of Armenia on the night of September 12, “a large-scale provocation was carried out in the Dashkesan, Kalbajar and Lachin directions of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border.” The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reported that there was a military clash, as a result of shelling, the Azerbaijani army suffered losses, and the military infrastructure was also damaged.

Baku reported that the units of the Azerbaijani army “are taking the necessary measures to suppress the firing points of the Armenian armed forces and prevent the expansion of the scale of military clashes.”

In turn, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported that “the enemy is using artillery, mortars, drones and large-caliber small arms”, strikes are being made on military and civilian infrastructure, and the Armenian Armed Forces are “delivering a commensurate response to the enemy.”

Further, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reacted to the stuffing actively spread in the media and telegram channels about the upcoming “invasion” on the territory of Armenia.

“The information disseminated in the Armenian media and social networks about the alleged invasion of Azerbaijani troops into the territory of Armenia is absurd,” the agency said.

The Ministry of Defense stressed that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are taking local countermeasures and neutralizing enemy firing points in response to the provocation of the Armenian side.

They also noted that this situation was provoked by shelling of the positions of the Azerbaijani army by the Armenian Armed Forces.

“The main reasons for the escalation are the intensive shelling by the Armenian side of the positions of the Azerbaijani army over the past month and the large-scale provocations committed today. All responsibility for the situation lies with the military-political leadership of Armenia,” the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

Speaking about the prehistory of this escalation, it should be noted that the official visit of the Minister of Defense of Armenia has just ended Surena Papikiana in the USA. On September 9, the head of the Armenian military department discussed with the US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Kolyn Kalom the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Papikyan also visited the US National Defense University in Washington, where he discussed the issues of conducting training courses and joint development of programs and teaching methods.

It is curious, isn’t it, that immediately after such a landmark visit by the Minister of Defense of Armenia, an aggravation took place on the border with Azerbaijan.

Editor-in-Chief of the National Defense magazine, Director of the Center for Analysis of the World Arms Trade Igor Korotchenko on social networks, he quoted a classic on this occasion: “On the eve of the provocation, Armenian Defense Minister Suren Papikyan visited the United States. Coincidence? I don’t think!”.

Also, a well-known expert wrote “who benefits” the current aggravation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. “The main stakeholders in the aggravation of the situation in the South Caucasus are the United States and the European Union. Acting by proxy, they would like to disrupt the launch and full operation of the North-South international multimodal transport corridor, which is of paramount importance for Russia. And Yerevan’s interest is the resuscitation of the OSCE Minsk Group and pushing, with the support of Washington and Paris, the status of a separatist enclave in Karabakh.”

On the morning of September 13, news agencies reported that Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to restore the ceasefire. From 09:00 local time (08:00 Moscow time) hostilities were stopped, the Azerbaijani Trend news agency reported. At the same time, the Armenian Defense Ministry, as of this time, reported that positional battles on the border were continuing. Perhaps, already from the news about the observance of the ceasefire regime, in the near future it will be possible to draw conclusions whether the “invasion of Azerbaijan” is being prepared or Igor Korotchenko is closer to the truth.

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