Armenian senior lawmaker expects adequate response from CSTO to Azerbaijani operations
YEREVAN, JULY 13, ARMENPRESS. Head of the ruling My Step faction of the Armenian Parliament Lilit Makunts is expecting an adequate response from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and international structures to the operations unleashed by Azerbaijan on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border on July 12.
“Azerbaijan continues escalating the situation, actively launching military operations with the involvement of large caliber weapons. It’s obvious these operations are in the context of Aliyev’s militaristic statements and aim at damaging the peaceful negotiation process. In this respect I consider important the adequate international response, including by the CSTO, addressed to Azerbaijan, which will be an additional restraining factor for militaristic Baku”, Makunts said on Facebook.
She expressed hope that the Azerbaijani side will quickly draw respective conclusions and will not try to solve the domestic political problems at the expense of human lives, otherwise, the Azerbaijani political leadership will bear the full responsibility for the consequences.
At about 12:30, July 12, the armed forces of Azerbaijan attempted to violate the state border of Armenia in an UAZ vehicle in the direction of Tavush province. Following the warning of the Armenian side, the Azerbaijani armed forces left the vehicle and returned to their position. At about 13:45, the Azerbaijani forces made a second attempt to capture the Armenian border post, using artillery fire, but were pushed back, suffering losses.
No casualties were reported from the Armenian side.
The Azerbaijani defense ministry reported that three soldiers have died, four others were wounded in the incident.
Later that day Armenian defense minister’s spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan announced that the Azerbaijani side restarted shelling the same Armenian position, using 82 mm mortars and a tank.
Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan