Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   6 August

CSTO definitely should respond to Azerbaijan’s provocative actions – Armenian political scientist

CSTO definitely should respond to Azerbaijan’s provocative actions – Armenian political scientist

YEREVAN, JULY 13, ARMENPRESS. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) should definitely respond to Azerbaijan’s provocative actions on the border with Armenia, political scientist Garik Keryan told Armenpress.

“There are often opinions within the Armenian domestic political circles that the CSTO is not fulfilling its functions of a collective security. We see that the provocative actions take place on the Armenian border, here the CSTO leadership should make a statement, although I do not pay much importance to that. It can be a condemning statement or a statement offering peace to the sides”, he said.

Commenting on the Azerbaijani provocative actions on the Armenian border, the political scientist said during the entire conflict, no matter the negotiation process is active or not, the danger of border clashes has always existed.

“One of the assumptions from the Azerbaijani such actions is that there is a social tension inside the country, there are problems with the coronavirus, the decline in oil prices. The Karabakh front has been the direction for the Azerbaijani authorities which has always been convenient to deviate the public attention, to show that there are greater dangers, than the social problem, the salaries, pensions or other issue. This is a very convenient step to deviate from anti-leadership moods”, he said.

The next reason is that the Azerbaijani leadership - President Aliyev and his circle, are concerned that there is no real outcome in the negotiation process. “Here a very active work is needed in the information field. It’s not ruled out that Azerbaijan will try to present that Armenia is taking such actions during the pandemic. Our respective structures should actively work to present the real picture to the international community. It’s clear to us for a long time that Azerbaijan ignores the international agreements, calls and statements. We should present the reality to the international community so that Armenia will not be an aggressor in the perceptions”, he added.

On July 12, at about 12:30, 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.

The Azerbaijani defense ministry reported that four soldiers have died 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.

Today Shushan Stepanyan announced that the Azerbaijani side has again resumed shelling the Armenian positions.

No casualties were reported from the Armenian side. Only two police officers, who were on a combat duty in the border, were slightly injured from the Azerbaijani operations.

Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

 





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