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Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of border ceasefire violations



Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a ceasefire later on September 13, which fell through overnight. Another ceasefire came into effect late on September 14.

The Armenian and Azerbaijani armies accused each other of ceasefire violations on the common border on Friday morning.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said Azerbaijani forces opened fire on Armenian positions in the east of the country. Following “retaliatory actions”, the fire ceased, the ministry said, adding that Armenia suffered no casualties.

“At 07:40 [local time, 03:40 GMT] on September 23, Azerbaijani forces again violated the ceasefire regime, opening fire…on Armenian positions east of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, in turn, said that Armenia shelled its positions in 3 border regions.

“From the evening of September 22 to the morning of September 23, units of the Armenian Armed Forces on the Azerbaijani border fired at the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the direction of the settlements of [three border regions] … Azerbaijani army units have taken adequate response measures,” the ministry said in a statement.

On the night of September 12 to 13, new clashes broke out on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Baku and Yerevan blamed each other for ongoing shelling and reported casualties in their ranks.

On the morning of September 13, the parties agreed to a ceasefire. Grigory Karasin, the head of Russia’s upper house foreign affairs committee, told Sputnik that a truce was reached thanks to Russia’s efforts, including a conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenia’s Prime Minister. Nikol Pashinyan. According to the Russian official, despite the ceasefire, there is still a lot of work to be done, since Yerevan applied for membership of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

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On September 13, the Permanent Council of the CSTO held an extraordinary meeting, during which its members expressed their extreme concern about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and considered proposals to activate the mechanisms of the CSTO for conflict resolution. The CSTO Collective Security Council reached an agreement to send a mission led by CSTO General Secretary Stanislav Zas to Armenia.

To date, the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border remains tense, with the parties accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

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