Border conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia
ISWNews Analysis Group: Dozens of soldiers from both sides were killed and wounded in a renewed clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in the border areas of the two countries.
According to the field evidence, on November 16, the Azerbaijani military, in violation of the peace agreement advanced on several border points in the Armenian province of Syunik, But in the aftermath of the aggression, they faced a strong response by the Armenian military.
The clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia started at about 1 pm and ended with the mediation of Russia and the declaration of a ceasefire at 5:30 pm (local time). During these conflicts, two Armenian military points were occupied by Azerbaijan.
According to a statement from the Armenian Ministry of Defense, one Armenian soldier was killed, 13 captured and 24 others were missing during the clashes. Also, according to the information provided by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense, 7 Azerbaijani servicemen were killed and 10 others were wounded.
Following the clashes, the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Defense and the United Nations issued messages calling for restraint on both sides and the de-escalation of the clashes. While emphasizing respect for international borders, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman announced Iran’s readiness to help resolve the disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia peacefully. In this regard, the presidents of Iran and Russia during a telephone conversation stressed the need not to change the political geography of the Caucasus region.
Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan also called for Russia’s protection of Armenian territory under the 1997 agreement in an interview. Grigoryan went on to say that if the crisis is not resolved through Russia and the CSTO, they will ask for help from other international partners.
This afternoon, in order to reduce tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Deputy Commander of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation and Commander of the Russian Peacekeeping Forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov, transferred the body of the Armenian soldier who was killed in November 16th battles from Baku to Yerevan.
In the autumn of 2020, the Republic of Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military operation with the full support of Turkey and the Israeli regime with the aim of full control over the Karabakh. In a 44-day period from September 27 to November 10, Azerbaijan has managed to control about 50 percent of the territory, including parts of the south (inside) of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, as well as the occupied territories around the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region. Subsequently, in accordance with the peace agreement reached between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the regions of Aqdam, Kalbajar and Lachin were handed over to the government of Azerbaijan.
The Peace Agreement consists of nine main clauses; However, the different interpretations of Azerbaijan and Armenia from the ninth paragraph of this agreement have prevented the achievement of a lasting peace. By exploiting this clause, the Baku government is also trying to fulfill its illegitimate demands, using this issue as a pretext to create an illegal corridor called the Zangezur Corridor or to occupy the Armenian province of Syunik.