Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of encroaching on Armenia’s sovereign territory

Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called what happened in Syunik region an encroachment on the territory of Armenia. He made a corresponding statement at the meeting of the country’s Security Council.

A new region of discord has appeared in Transcaucasia – Armenia’s Syunik region, which is called Zangezur in Azerbaijan. According to the trilateral agreement, the road linking Baku with the Nakhichevan exclave and Turkey must go through the region. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev warned that he was ready to lay the transport corridor even by force.

“This morning the Azerbaijani armed forces crossed the state border of Armenia, going 3.5 km deep. They are in fact trying to surround Lake Sevlich,” the press service of the Armenian government quoted Pashinyan as saying.

According to him, Armenian Armed Forces responded to the events, necessary tactics and other actions were carried out.

Pashinyan said Azerbaijan’s actions near the lake are unacceptable, “it’s an encroachment on the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian and Armenian Defense Ministers Sergey Shoigu and Vagharshak Harutyunyan had held telephone talks and discussed the situation in the areas where the peacekeepers were performing their tasks.

On May 3, Pashinyan said that two strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base were established in the Syunik region in southern Armenia. He noted that the establishment of the strongholds would serve as an additional guarantee for the security of Armenia and its region as a whole.