The Armenian government intends to turn to Moscow against the backdrop of clashes with Azerbaijan in the border zone. This became known on Tuesday, September 13.
The decision was made following the meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
A decision was made to formally appeal to the Russian Federation in order to invoke the provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. There will also be an appeal to the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the UN Security Council in connection with the aggression against the sovereign territory of Armenia,”
the government said in a statement.
On Tuesday night, Pashinyan held an emergency meeting of the Armenian Security Council. As a result, it was decided to turn to Russia, the CSTO and the UN Security Council for help in connection with the aggravation on the border with Azerbaijan.
Earlier, the Armenian prime minister held a series of international telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron, as well as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
On September 13, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported that servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces opened fire on the border areas of Armenia.
The ministry clarified that units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are shelling in the direction of Armenian positions near Sotk, Vardenis, Goris, Kapan, Artanish and Ishkhanasar.
According to Yerkir Media, residents of several Armenian villages near the border with Azerbaijan are being evacuated from their homes.
In addition, the press secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Aram Torosyan stated that there were killed and wounded on the Armenian side.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated that as a result of the shelling by the units of the Armenian Armed Forces, the Azerbaijani army suffered losses in manpower.
As noted by the military, their opponents used the features of the landscape to mine areas and supply routes between the positions of Azerbaijan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have disputed ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Then the region, which is inhabited mainly by Armenians, announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the military conflict of 1992-1994, Baku lost control over Karabakh.
In September 2020, Baku took control of a number of settlements during military operations.
In November 2020, Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the participation of Russia, signed an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The document, among other things, provided for the introduction of Russian peacekeepers into the region, the exchange of prisoners between the parties to the conflict, the transfer by Armenia to Azerbaijan of a number of regions of the region and the return of refugees to Karabakh.