Yerevan accuses Baku of navy “aggression towards our sovereign territory”
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has convened an emergency safety council assembly early on Tuesday to plan additional “countermeasures” following an escalation of hostilities alongside the border with Azerbaijan.
“Within the face of the aggression towards the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, it was determined to formally attraction to the Russian Federation with the intention to implement the provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Help, in addition to to the Collective Safety Treaty Group [CSTO] and the UN Safety Council,” the federal government in Yerevan announced after the nationwide safety assembly chaired by Pashinyan.
Armenia has but to file any official appeals, and it stays unclear what sort of assist it seeks to request. Each Russia and Armenia are a part of the CSTO, a mutual protection pact, just like the US-led NATO bloc, made up of six former Soviet republics additionally together with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Moscow and Yerevan even have a separate Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Help, which marked its twenty fifth anniversary on August 29.
Earlier, Pashinyan held separate cellphone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron concerning the “provocative, aggressive actions of the Azerbaijani armed forces towards the sovereign territory of Armenia.”
The Armenian Protection Ministry stated that, as of 4am Tuesday morning, the state of affairs alongside the border remained “extraordinarily tense,” with ongoing Azerbaijan artillery and mortar fireplace, in addition to drone strikes allegedly concentrating on “each navy and civilian” infrastructure in Armenia.
Azerbaijan claims that the shelling was provoked by Armenia, whereas the protection ministry in Baku accused Armenian “saboteurs” of mining roads and infrastructure on the Azeri facet of the border over the weekend, inflicting an unspecified variety of navy casualties. Baku additionally denounced as “false” the stories of a “full-scale invasion” by Azerbaijan into Armenian territory, claiming it was solely responding to the “Armenian provocations.”
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at odds ever since they declared independence from the Soviet Union, primarily over Nagorno Karabakh – which was inside Azerbaijan however had a majority ethnic Armenian inhabitants. Armenians prevailed within the early Nineties, establishing management over many of the enclave and territories connecting it to Armenia correct.
In September 2020, Baku launched a marketing campaign to reclaim the territory, with the assistance of Turkish-supplied drones. A ceasefire brokered by Moscow left half of Nagorno-Karabakh inhabited by Armenians and guarded by Russian peacekeepers, whereas all different territories beforehand managed by Yerevan have been ceded again to Baku.