Eastern Europe

Military expert pinpoints ways out of Baku-Erevan border armored collisions

13:28, 28 July 2021
Military expert pinpoints ways out of Baku-Erevan border armored collisions Photo: vk.com/karabakh_azerbaycan

Despite the tripartite ceasefire accepted over the Karabakh region concerning the latest deadliest gunfire incident in the Kalbajar region along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, the situation remains tense because Baku and Erevan still fail to agree on the delimitation issue, editor-in-chief of the Russian National Defense magazine and military expert Igor Korotchenko told NEWS.ru.

"This [delimitation process] should be done in a calm way referring to Soviet topographic maps, which were released in the 1970-1980s. They allow quite accurately establishing the borderline between the then Azerbaijan SSR and the Armenian SSR. This is an absolute need as the delimitation and demarcation of borders will avoid further misinterpretations and minimize the number of border incidents," Korotchenko said.

According to him, the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly proposed mediation to resolve this territorial issue. Azerbaijan also advocates an early delimitation process.

"On the one hand, Armenia wants to disrupt the process of determining the precise boundaries, and on the other hand, to engage Azerbaijan into some border clashes in order to portray itself as a victim of aggression aiming to turn to Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization for help. In case this doesn't work, Erevan may turn to the European Union, in particular to France. Such a multi-movement that Armenia is playing today surely is a dead end and unpromising policy," Korotchenko told NEWS.ru.

Previously, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the issue of Karabakh’s status remains unresolved, and a final decision should be made with the assistance of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to put the main focus on strengthening confidence-building measures, resolve humanitarian problems and ensure that Armenians and Azerbaijanis can once again live together in safety and economic prosperity.

Armenian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with the other side. Four military personnel from both sides reported being wounded. Armenia referred to the shootout as "initiated" by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. On its part, Baku accused Armenian forces of committing "provocations" along the border, claiming that Erevan "bears full responsibility for the escalation of tensions along the state border between the two countries."

The 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, and the process of exchanging war prisoners began.