The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has issued a statement regarding the tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
"According to the trilateral statement signed on November 10, 2020, with the improvement of weather conditions in the settlements of the liberated Lachin and Kalbajar regions bordering with Armenia, which have a difficult mountainous terrain and climatic conditions, the Azerbaijani border forces are deployed in the positions of Azerbaijan. This process is carried out in the usual mode and a systematic manner," the Ministry revealed.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry notes that the measures to strengthen the border protection systems are carried out based on the maps of the parties, which define the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"Since regaining its independence, there has been no state border between the two countries for obvious reasons, and for this reason, we speak about the complicated technical process, which is currently accompanied by disagreements between the sides. It is surprising that the Armenian side reacted inadequately to this process and made provocative statements. We believe that attempts by official circles to use this issue for political purposes in connection with the pre-election situation in Armenia are unacceptable," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan states.
According to them, since May 12, the leadership of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been sent to the area. Negotiations are underway with the border guards of the opposite side, and appropriate steps are being taken to normalize the situation.
"We recommend that the political and military circles of Armenia not be alarmed, accept the reality of the interstate border regime along the Zangilan, Gubadli, Lachin, and Kalbajar regions of Azerbaijan, and not unreasonably aggravate the situation in the region. Such cases can and should be resolved through mutual contacts between the military on both sides," reads the statement.