Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire after border clash, Armenian Defense Ministry says

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Armenia had requested Moscow to assist defend it after the worst combating since a 44-day war last year between ethnic Armenian forces and the Azeri military over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave that killed not less than 6,500 folks.

That battle ended after Russia, which has a army base in Armenia, brokered a peace deal and deployed virtually 2,000 peacekeepers to the area. Turkey took the facet of Azerbaijan, which regained swathes of land it misplaced in an earlier battle.

“In accordance with an settlement mediated by the Russian facet, hearth ceased on the jap part of the Armenian-Azeri border, and the state of affairs is comparatively steady,” Armenia’s Protection Ministry stated.

Azerbaijan’s Protection Ministry didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters’ request for remark.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan mentioned the state of affairs on the border by cellphone, the Kremlin stated.

Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu additionally spoke by cellphone to the Armenian and Azeri protection ministers by cellphone, Interfax information company stated.

The Armenian Protection Ministry stated its troops had come beneath hearth from Azerbaijan and that 12 of its troopers had been captured, whereas two fight positions close to the border with Azerbaijan had been misplaced.

Eduard Aghajanian, head of the Armenian Parliament’s overseas relations committee stated 15 Armenian troopers had been killed.

The Azeri Protection Ministry stated it had responded to large-scale “provocations” after Armenian forces shelled Azeri military positions, and that its personal operation had been profitable.

The French overseas ministry had stated it was very involved in regards to the deteriorating state of affairs and referred to as on each international locations to respect a ceasefire.

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