Armenian PM: At least 49 Armenian soldiers killed on Azerbaijani border

Armenian PM: At least 49 Armenian soldiers killed on Azerbaijani border
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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Azerbaijan was trying to present the clashes as a result of Armenian provocation, but this was absolutely “false information”

"At the moment, 49 dead servicemen have been specified by the Armenian Ministry of Defense. But this is not the final figure, and the information needs to be clarified," Pashinyan said in a speech to Armenian parliament on Tuesday morning.

He said that since midnight the Azerbaijani Armed Forces had taken offensive actions in six or seven directions. "Azerbaijan is trying to present all this as a response to alleged provocations by Armenia, but this is absolutely false information," the Armenian prime minister said.

According to him, the intensity of the fighting has now subsided. "Only in one or two directions, the Azerbaijani side continues to attack," Pashinyan said.

Azerbaijan did not accept that Armenia did not leave the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh entirely to Azerbaijan, Pashinyan said, adding that “Azerbaijani government says in the negotiations it does not demand any land from Armenia, but then it acts differently.” 

Russia calls on the sides to observe the ceasefire agreement

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its ‘extreme concern’ over the sharp deterioration of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in a statement.

The ministry called on the sides “to refrain from further escalation of the situation, show restraint and strictly observe the ceasefire” in accordance with the trilateral agreements between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“We still believe that all disputes between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be settled exclusively through political and diplomatic channels, and on border-related issues within the work of the bilateral commission on the delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border under the consultative assistance of Russia," the statement said.