Armenian Armed Forces units shell Azerbaijani positions on the border and from inside Karabakh

By Sabina Mammadli

Units of the Armenian Armed Forces shelled Azerbaijani military positions nine times, reports Azernews according to the Ministry of Defense.

According to the ministry, in two cases, units of the Armenian Armed Forces shelled Azerbaijani army positions in the village of Minkand of the Lachin district from their positions in the village of Saybali of the Garakilsa region on the Azerbaijani border.

Seven other incidents were recorded when members of the illegal Armenian armed detachment on the territory of Azerbaijan under the temporary control of Russian peacekeepers opened intermittent fire with different weapons at the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the directions of the districts of Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand and Khojaly.

In any case, thanks to the adequate countermeasures taken by the units of the Azerbaijani army, the enemy was silenced.

About 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed for five years in Karabakh as part of the trilateral ceasefire agreement signed by Baku, Moscow and Yerevan on November 10, 2020. The signed agreement obliges Armenia to withdraw all its troops from the Azerbaijani lands it had occupied since the early 1990s.

The trilateral ceasefire agreement signed by Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders on November 10, 2020 ended the three-decade conflict over Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region, which, together with the seven adjacent regions, has come under the occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces during the war of the early 1990s.

The agreement also stipulated the return of the Azerbaijani regions of Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin. Prior to the signing of the peace agreement, Azerbaijan liberated 300 villages, settlements, town centers and the historic town of Shusha which had been under Armenian occupation for about 30 years.

On January 11, 2021, the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia signed the second declaration since the end of the 44-day war. The newly signed declaration was expected to implement Clause 9 of the November 2020 declaration relating to the unblocking of all economic and transport communications in the region.

On November 26, 2021, the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia signed a declaration and agreed on a number of issues, including the demarcation and delimitation of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border by the end of 2021, some points related to humanitarian issues and the issue of unblocking transport corridors which applies to railway and automobile communications.

On December 14, 2021, during the Brussels meeting, organized between the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders on the initiative of the President of the European Council Charles Michel, the parties reaffirmed their commitment to the conditions agreed at the Sochi meeting.

The two sides agreed to establish a temporary working group on the delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

The issue of demining the liberated territories of Azerbaijan was also on the agenda, and the willingness of the European Union to provide technical assistance to Azerbaijan in this regard was underlined during the meeting.

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