Eastern Europe

Armenia arrests its serviceman for spying for Azerbaijan

13:52, 07 June 2021
Armenia arrests its serviceman for spying for Azerbaijan Photo: pixabay.com

Armenian National Security Service has accused the former soldier of its Armed Forces of spying for Azerbaijan.

According to the charge, the detainee handed over Armenian national secrets and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict information to the Azerbaijani side, representatives of the department reported.

The former soldier and his comrade have been in sight of the Azerbaijani special services during a trip to Turkey, where Armenian citizens were offered a cash reward, received instructions, and signed agreements with the Azerbaijani special services, the representative of the Armenian Armed Forces claimed. The recruits signed consent papers for espionage, the source added. After that, they got nicknames and prepayments.

Earlier, Azerbaijan has filed a second interstate complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over Armenia's refusal to provide maps of minefields and unexploded ammunition in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan.

Baku repeatedly appealed to Yerevan, urging Armenia to hand over the minefield maps since the truce was signed on 10 November 2020. As Azerbaijan declared, 35,000 mines from nearly 100 million square meters were cleared in the liberated territories in the 200 days since the Joint Statement was signed.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalated in 2020. The fighting stopped with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement on November 10, in accordance with which Azerbaijan was reunited with some territories lost in the previous conflicts.