Armenia said on Friday that Azerbaijan had not fully fulfilled its promise to withdraw troops across the border in the disputed incident and that it had received military assistance from Russia.
Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of sending troops across the border. Azerbaijan has denied this, saying its forces have only guarded the side of the border.
“It was agreed yesterday that Azerbaijan’s armed forces must leave Armenian territory today,” Interfax news agency quoted interim Prime Minister Nicole Bashinian as saying.
“This agreement is partially fulfilled; There are areas that the Azerbaijanis actually left behind. But as the agreement was not fully complied with, I approached the President of Russia today for military assistance. ”
Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry says border guards met in Armenia on Friday to discuss border tensions.
It gave a little more details. Such a meeting would not be exceptional – border guards from both sides met recently on Wednesday – which would be a sign that communication is open.
Pashinyan from Armenia called on Russian President Vladimir Putin late on Thursday. In a statement on the phone, the Kremlin said Putin had told Pashinian that the ceasefire must be strictly enforced.
“The Armenian side is very concerned about the situation on the border. President Putin shared this concern,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
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Washington expects US State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter to immediately withdraw its troops from Azerbaijan and “stop further provocations.”
“Military moves in disputed areas are irresponsible and unnecessarily provocative,” Porter told reporters.
During last year’s fighting, Azerbaijani forces expelled Armenian terrorists from and around Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, which they have been controlling since the 1990s.
It was celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan and a defeat in Armenia. Pashinian resigned after a stalemate with his military, but will remain in office as a caretaker until next month’s elections.
Russia sent peacekeepers to the area last year to maintain a ceasefire and has a military base in Armenia.
Russia has strong ties with Armenia and a mutual defense agreement, but is also friendly with Azerbaijan.