Jul 31, 2020 01:42 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 31, 2020 02:08 Asia/Tehran]
  • Moscow calls for restraint in conflict between Armenia, Azerbaijan

As the Republic of Azerbaijan is hosting joint planned military exercises with Turkish armed forces July 29 - August 10, deputy director of the Russian foreign ministry’s press department Alexei Zaytsev calls for restraint in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Iran Press/Europe: Russia is calling on other regional actors to exercise restraint in their military activity amid the latest skirmishes on the Armenian-Azeri border, deputy director of the Russian foreign ministry’s press department Alexei Zaytsev told a briefing Thursday, according to TASS.

"Naturally, we are carefully watching what’s happening in the region, especially considering the recent Armenian-Azeri border conflict, and emphatically urge all parties to exercise restraint, particularly in their current military activities," he said when asked by TASS about Baku’s intention to hold joint drills with Turkey on the border with Armenia in particular.

The diplomat stressed that Azerbaijan is hosting joint planned military exercises with Turkish armed forces between July 29 and August 10 in accordance with the current agreement on military cooperation between these countries. The drills feature around 5,000 servicemen, 150 units of military armored vehicles, up to 150 units of artillery and air defense systems, and up to 30 jets, helicopters, and drones.

Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops in the Tovuz border region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which began on July 12, have continued, leaving dozens dead and wounded on both sides.

The conflict between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region began in 1988 and turned into a military conflict in 1991, as a result of which the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven neighboring cities came under the control of Armenian forces.

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