Caucasus Reality 19 september — 10:37

'Causes surprise and regret': Baku responded to statement of Russian Defence Ministry

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On Saturday, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation disseminated information that on September 17, 2021, in the area of ​​the city of Shusha, 'three attacks on the positions of the armed formations of Nagorno-Karabakh' were recorded. The Russian military department, referring to the Armenian side, asserted that 'the fire was fired from the positions of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan. As a result of the shelling, two servicemen of the armed formations of Nagorno-Karabakh were injured. The command of the peacekeeping contingent is conducting an investigation with the participation of representatives of both sides.'

Some time later, the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan issued a statement in connection with this information from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

According to the Ministry's Deputy Spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Anar Eyvazov, the information disseminated by the Russian Ministry of Defence with reference to the Armenian side that two Armenian militants were allegedly wounded as a result of shelling by Azerbaijani Army units on September 17 in the direction of the city of Shusha is surprising and regrettable.

'The above incident was investigated with the joint participation of representatives of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the leadership of the peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation. As a result, it was established that our units did not open fire on the specified day and in the specified direction. It is not understandable how this information investigated with the participation of the two sides was presented in a completely different form.

The Azerbaijani side continues its efforts to ensure stability in the region and prevent possible provocations in accordance with the legislation of our country, strictly adhering to the provisions of the Trilateral Statement,' said Eyvazov.

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