Armenia and Azerbaijan Agree to Ceasefire Following Recent Border Skirmishes

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire to end their most recent border skirmish. The development came following Moscow mediation and the EU calls for de-escalation and full truce.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry announced that the Kremlin had arranged a ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan.

Unconfirmed reports say that at least 15 Armenian soldiers had died after the latest flare-up in tensions with Azerbaijan. However, Armenia officials confirmed the death of one of its soldiers, while 12 others were captured. The Azerbaijani military confirmed only two of its soldiers received injuries.  

“Under the mediation of the Russian side, an agreement was reached to ceasefire at Armenia’s eastern border. The situation has relatively stabilized,” the Armenian defense ministry said in a statement.

Both the countries are accusing each other of violating an international anti-discrimination convention in the wake of the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by phone to his Armenian and Azeri counterparts and called on them to cease all hostilities, according to Interfax news agency.

The European Council President Charles Michel said he had spoken to both President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia and asked them for de-escalation and full ceasefire.

“Challenging situation in region – EU is committed to work with partners to overcome tensions for a prosperous and stable South Caucasus,” he tweeted.

The latest skirmish came after Azerbaijan accused Armenian forces of shooting at workers near the border.

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