Defense Ministry: Azerbaijani army fully controls operational situation

Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 53 times, using large-caliber machine guns and sniper rifles, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

At present, the situation in the direction of Tovuz district along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border is relative calm, the Armenians stopped shelling Azerbaijani settlements, but in general, tension remains.

The enemy’s shelling was suppressed by retaliatory fire, and the Azerbaijani army fully controls the operational situation.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.


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