Armenia announces shooting down Azerbaijani drones at the border

Armenian armed forces shot down several drones of the Azerbaijani army near the border of the two countries. This was reported by with reference to the Head of Armenian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense and Security Andranik Kocharyan on Monday, July 13.

“At the moment we have shot down several drones, one of which is a ‘kamikaze’,” Kocharyan said in parliament.

According to him, the Armenian Armed Forces have stopped “all enemy actions.

Earlier, on July 12, armed clashes started in Tovuz region of Azerbaijan on the border with Armenia. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that the Armenian Armed Forces opened fire. The Armenian Defense Ministry claimed that the Azerbaijani side tried to seize the stronghold. Three Azerbaijani servicemen were killed in the fighting. There are no dead in Armenia.

Moscow considers unacceptable further escalation threatening the security of the region. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on his colleagues in Baku and Yerevan for an immediate ceasefire.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry urged the Armenian side to “wake up” and expressed readiness to help Azerbaijan.

Relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia remain strained by Nagorno-Karabakh. In February 1988, this autonomous region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijani SSR.

During the 1992-1994 armed conflict, Baku lost control of the region and a number of surrounding areas. Since 1992, negotiations on the peaceful settlement of the conflict have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group led by the co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France.