Azerbaijani Defense Ministry warns of retaliation if Armenia continues shelling settlements
In case Armenia continues shelling Azerbaijani settlements, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will inflict retaliatory strikes in Armenia’s military facilities in residential areas, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry wrote today on its Facebook page.
The ministry dismissed as baseless Armenian reports that Azerbaijani armed forces shelled residential areas in occupied territories.
“The Azerbaijani army only strikes the enemy’s outposts with high-precision weapons. But Armenians are shelling residential areas with large-caliber weapons, as a result of which a number of houses have been damaged in the Azerbaijani district of Terter,” the ministry noted.
Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.
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, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.