Azerbaijan says it shelled Sotk in retaliation of Armenia’s assault on Kalbajar area wounded two of its troopers.
Two Armenian troopers have been killed after Azerbaijani shelling close to the border city of Sotk, northwest of the breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh in keeping with Armenia’s Ministry of Defence.
Tensions between Baku and Yerevan have escalated sharply in current months, as each side accuse the opposite of violating agreements and cross-border gunfire.
“On account of firing by the Azerbaijani military within the course of Armenian positions situated within the Sotk space, there are two useless and one wounded on the Armenian facet,” the ministry mentioned on Friday.
In the meantime, Azerbaijan mentioned that Armenia had struck positions within the Kalbajar area utilizing drones, wounding two Azerbaijani servicemen. It mentioned it was taking “retaliatory measures”.
Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan, has been a supply of battle between the 2 Caucasus neighbours for the reason that years main as much as the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Yerevan and Baku have fought two wars for management over the area, which is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however largely populated by ethnic Armenians.
The 2 sides have been unable to succeed in an enduring peace settlement regardless of mediation efforts by the European Union, United States and Russia.
Azerbaijan accused Armenia of build up troops alongside the 2 international locations’ risky borders in August, whereas Armenia accused Azerbaijan’s navy of opening hearth on European Union observers.
Separatist authorities within the breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh mentioned in June that 4 Armenian troopers have been killed by Azerbaijani hearth in Nagorno-Karabakh.