The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of invading Armenia by advancing its troops beyond the borders going against previously reached accords.
Azerbaijan from its side retaliated by saying that Armenia’s statements are nothing other than a provocation adding that Azeri military was operating within the line of the country’s own borders.
Following the incident Pashinyan chaired a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the matter, according to
“The subject of discussions was the fact of Azerbaijani troops invading into the territory of the Republic of Armenia in one of the eastern parts of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Pashinyan said in a statement.
“The goal of today’s session is to summarize the discussions and also to provide complete information to our public on the developments,” he added.
During the meeting it was also announced that Arshak Karapetyan was dismissed from the post of the Defense Minister and instead Suren Papikyan was appointed.
Following negotiations the Security Council of Armenia issued a statement where it was said that the Azerbaijani troops have pulled back to their original location.
“Due to the actions of the Azerbaijani armed forces, four combat positions of the Armenian Armed Forces were besieged. As a result of negotiations, the Azerbaijani military equipment and troops that invaded the sovereign territory of Armenia, left the territory of Armenia, the units of the Armenian Armed Forces have been withdrawn from the aforementioned four combat positions,” the statement read.
The rise in tensions is following the 44-day war that lasted between the two countries and took the lives of at least 6,500 people.
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The Karabakh conflict escalated into full-scale war in 2020. The clashes were 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.