May 27, 2023

The Armed Forces (AF) of Azerbaijan for the second time on Thursday, May 11, violated the ceasefire and fired at the positions of the Armenian army. This was reported in the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

Statement published on the website of the department. It says that at about 17:10 (16:10 Moscow time), units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces used a mortar in the direction of the village of Sotk in the Gegharkunik region in eastern Armenia. It is noted that the Armenian side has no losses.

On the morning of May 11, Armenia and Azerbaijan reported shelling at the border. According to Yerevan, as a result of the shelling of Armenian positions in the Sot direction, four soldiers were wounded. Baku reported that the Armenian Armed Forces fired mortars at the positions of the Azerbaijani army from positions in the Zod direction of the Basarkecher region.

Later, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced a decrease in tension after the shelling.

As reported on May 4, Yerevan and Baku made progress on some points of the peace agreement. On a number of key issues, the heads of state still disagree. On May 14, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are to hold a personal meeting in Brussels.

A trilateral meeting on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict was held in October 2022 in Sochi. It was attended by the heads of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Both sides of the conflict promised to resolve all issues peacefully. They also pointed out the importance of concluding a peace treaty between Yerevan and Baku.

In September 2020, the long-term conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia escalated in Nagorno-Karabakh. In October, a trilateral meeting was held, in which Moscow, Baku and Yerevan took part. Armenia and Azerbaijan came to an agreement and agreed to refrain from the use of force. The situation has returned to normal, but information about incidents at the border still periodically appears.

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