Monday, June 14, 2021

Six Armenian Soldiers Detained After Attempt To Cross Border – Azerbaijani Military

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on Thursday a new border provocation by the Armenian armed forces, noting that six Armenian servicemen were captured.

“On May 27, at around 3 a.m. [23:00 GMT], a reconnaissance and sabotage group of the Armenian armed forces made an attempt to cross the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in the direction of the Yukhari Ayrim settlement in the Kalbajar district,” the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Six Armenian servicemen were disarmed and taken prisoner, the Azerbaijani military went on to say.

“In the morning, we noticed several military vehicles of the Armenian armed forces at the border, including tanks. As a result of the measures that we implemented, their movement was stopped. The situation in this area is under control of our units,” the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry added.

Earlier, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) took note of statements of Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan regarding the CSTO, the work on holding consultations continues, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov told Sputnik.

On Wednesday, Pashinyan, speaking in the Armenian legislative body at the parliamentary hour, said that the Armenian side did not rule out an appeal to the UN Security Council because of the situation on the border with Azerbaijan, if the CSTO mechanisms do not solve this problem.

In addition, he said that Armenia was not satisfied with the “speed of action” of the CSTO regarding the solution of the problem of the border with Azerbaijan, and added that the organization had not publicly expressed a clear position on this issue.

“The statement of the acting prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, was taken into account. The work in accordance with the instructions of the chairman of the CSTO Collective Security Council Emomali Rahmon continues,” Zainetdinov said.

Zainetdinov also recalled that on Tuesday, CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov, at a meeting of the coordination meeting of the chairmen of the defense and security committees, said that the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border required urgent measures, primarily of a political and diplomatic nature, as well as demarcation and delimitation. on this section of the state border.

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