Armenia stated in the present day that two of its soldiers had been killed by Azerbaijani fire alongside the international locations’ closely militarised border, the primary deadly incident because the two sides started negotiating a deal to finish greater than 30 years of intermittent warfare final 12 months.
Armenia’s Defence Ministry stated in an announcement posted on the Telegram messaging app that two of its soldiers had been killed and several other extra wounded at a fight put up close to the southern Armenian village of Nerkin Hand.
Azerbaijan’s border service stated in an announcement that it staged a “revenge operation” in retaliation for a “provocation” it stated Armenian forces had dedicated the day earlier than.
It stated that additional “provocations” could be met with “more serious and decisive measures from now on”.
“The military and political leadership of Armenia is fully responsible for the incident.”
Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry stated that Armenian forces on Monday night fired at Baku’s positions alongside a northwestern part of the border, round 300 km from Nerkin Hand. Armenia’s Defence Ministry denied that such an incident befell.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in conflict for over three a long time over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan in September retook Karabakh in a lightning offensive, prompting a fast exodus of just about all of the territory’s Armenian inhabitants, and a renewed push from each side for a treaty to formally finish the conflict.
Although deadly exchanges of fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan have been frequent for many years, the border has turn into extra peaceable because the begin of talks, with little severe preventing because the collapse of Karabakh in September 2023.
The peace talks have in current months appeared to stagnate, with each side accusing the opposite of sabotaging the diplomatic course of.