Armenia mentioned Thursday that its regional rival Azerbaijan is mobilizing troops of their shared border areas.
Pashinyan decries worsening state of affairs in Caucasus
“Azerbaijan has massed forces alongside the road of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh and on the border with Armenia over the previous couple of days,” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan instructed authorities officers whereas including that “the military-political state of affairs in our area has significantly worsened.”
Pashinyan mentioned Azerbaijan is “demonstrating its intention to undertake a contemporary miltary provocation towards Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.”
Azerbaijan derided Armenia’s statements as “one more false political manipulation.”
“Armenia should abandon territorial claims to Azerbaijan, to finish military-political provocations, and to cease creating obstacles to the peace course of,” the Azerbaijani International Ministry mentioned.
Armenia and Azerbaijan just lately fought a battle in 2020 over the landlocked ethnic Armenian-majority enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. A cease-fire that 12 months led to Azerbaijan regaining territory within the area and Russia deploying peacekeepers to the battle zone.
Armenia has expressed anger over Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Hall, its solely entry level into Nagorno-Karabakh. The UN has called on Azerbaijan to elevate the blockade, because it has induced meals and medication shortages within the area.
Elchin Amirbayov, the consultant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for particular assignments, instructed DW chief political correspondent Nina Haase on Wednesday that there was no blockade of the hall. Amirbayov mentioned as a substitute there was “restricted entry” to the enclave, saying “hardline separatists” are conserving Nagorno-Karabakh’s inhabitants hostage.
Armenia to carry joint drills with US amid safety fears
The safety fears expressed by Armenia relating to Azerbaijan come as Yerevan seeks nearer protection ties with the US. Pashinyan has mentioned that Armenia has been making a “strategic mistake” by counting on Russia for its safety.
The Armenian authorities mentioned Wednesday that it’s going to maintain joint drills with US troops from September 11 to twenty.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov mentioned Thursday that the workouts harm stability within the area whereas including that “Russia continues to satisfy its position as guarantor of safety.”
Russia Deputy International Minister Mikhail Galuzin accused the NATO alliance of making an attempt to convey Armenia “into the sphere of its pernicious affect.”
Armenia is presently a member of the Moscow-based Collective Safety Treaty Group (CSTO), which includes six nations.
Pashinyan has been essential of the CSTO’s efforts to safeguard Armenian safety amid the continuing battle with oil-rich Azerbaijan.
wd/sms (Reuters, AFP, dpa)