Azerbaijan has criticized Armenian troops for trying to cross into Kelbajar.
According to the Ministry of Homeland Security, Azerbaijan has recruited six Armenian troops, most recently in a series of border crossings. last year’s war in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan’s security ministry on Thursday criticized Armenian troops for trying to cross the border into Kelbajar province.
He further added that Armenian troops had “attempted to test the navigation mines of the Azerbaijani military” and were “surrounded, immobilized and detained”.
Armenia’s defense ministry says its military is operating in the eastern part of Gegharkunik, a region close to Azerbaijan.
The Armenian Ministry of Defense also said it had “taken steps to restore the captured soldiers.”
In a statement, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on observers from Russia or other countries to be sent to another part of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, where it is said that the atmosphere is tense.
“I am inviting foreign countries and my request is also reflected in the leadership of Azerbaijan,” Russian journalists wrote by Pashinyan.
“Let’s agree that troops from both sides will leave the border and return to their bases, establishing observers from Russia or other OSCE Minsk Group countries.”
Armenia earlier this month criticized Azerbaijan sending troops across the border, highlighting the weakness of the Russian-led war that has suspended six weeks of fighting between Armenian troops and the Azerbaijani army last year.
The conflict saw Baku deport Armenian troops to areas that had ruled since the 1990’s in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On Tuesday, Azerbaijan rejected Armenia’s claim that it had invaded Armenia, on shooting in which Armenia said one of its soldiers had been killed.