Russia expects continued military contacts between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Россия прогнозирует продолжение военных контактов между Азербайджаном и Арменией

Russia considers the possible continuation of military relations between Baku and Yerevan, since talking about the summit on the settlement of the conflict, reports “TASS” with reference to the permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich.

“Until I heard about the preparation of such meetings, given that there was a surge of tensions in the conflict zone. It strongly rejected the process of a direct dialogue between the parties. However, under the mediation of Russia managed to stop the confrontation. Rather, we will focus on the continuation of contacts between the military”, – he said.

In this regard, according to Lukashevich, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group can come out with a report on the situation in Karabakh. “The co-chairs were April 20 at the acting Chairman, reported the situation, 6-9 April, they were in the region. It is expected that they can appear with a report on further action in Vienna”, – he said.

As reported, on April 24 the parties to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh have again accused each other of violating the ceasefire. The defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said that Armenian troops fired Azerbaijani settlements, including used tanks.

In Baku reported that destroyed one tank of the enemy with the staff. And then the Armenian side was forced to move in the direction of Martakert.

At the same time, the defense Ministry of the self declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic stated that Azerbaijan has used 60 and 82 mm mortars, 122-millimeter howitzer D-30 missile and the multiple launch rocket system (TR-107).

Recall that the parties have reached agreement on the establishment of the truce.

To note, Nagorno-Karabakh unilaterally declared independence from Azerbaijan after the war, 1988-1994. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalated into full-scale military conflict in 1991-1994. In Baku they believe the territory, who are engaged in the NKR, occupied.

In 1994, the parties signed a ceasefire agreement, however, the line of contact occur regularly armed conflict.