“CSTO Calls Azerbaijani Diversionary Incursion Against Armenia “Provocation

The Russia controlled Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) expressed on December 29, its deepest concern over an armed incident reported near the Armenian village of Chinari on the border with Azerbaijan on the morning of December 29.

CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said in a statement that the organization considers these actions on the territory of CSTO member state as a provocative, especially against the background of an unprecedented upsurge of violence in Karabakh in April when given the efforts that have been made on both sides as well as weapons and armored vehicles were used.
However, the reports from the region about regular violations of the ceasefire ad especially the incident on the 29th of December, resulting in death of servicemen, are causing serious concern, the statement said.

Armenian defense minister reported earlier that Azerbaijani troops attempted a diversionary incursion in the early hours of December 29 southeast of the village of Chinari in Tavush province. It said Armenian armed forces neutralized the aggressive action of Azerbaijani troops, driving them back into Azerbaijani territory.

According to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a spokesman for Armenian defense ministry, Azerbaijan troops, driving them back into Azerbaijani territory. During the fighting, three Armenian soldiers were also killers.

The Azerbaijani attempted attack made Armenia’s foreign ministry call on the international community asking it to condemn with Armenia, which resulted in human loses. “We express our deepest condolences to the relatives and fellow servicemen of the fallen soldiers”, the statement reads. “While the most serious damage caused to the settlement process i the result of the Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) this April has not been overcome yet, Baku embarks on a new adventurism grossly violating the agreements reached at the Vienna and St. Petersburg summits and the commitment to settle the issue through peaceful means. This is how Baku responds to the Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chair countries who urged in Hamburg to adhere strictly to the 1994 / 95 ceasefire agreements.

On numerous occasions, the international community, via the Co-Chairs, has called to maintain the ceasefire, especially during the holidays. By undertaking military diversionary incursion on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Baku acts against the universal human values.

The international community, first and foremost the OSCE Minks Group Co-Chair countries should take immediate steps to sober up the Azerbaijani leadership, who has lost the sense of reality, ignores and opposes with defiance to their calls and demands, ” the statement reads.

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