Over the weekend, Russia and Azerbaijan exchanged harsh words over the advance of Azerbaijani troops through Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Reuters.
In 2020, the Azerbaijani army pushed Armenian troops, which had controlled them since the 1990s, out of much of the disputed region. This six-week war ended in a ceasefire mediated by Russia.
On Saturday, Moscow expressed deep concern over rising tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh and called for calm in the region. Russia has said Azerbaijani soldiers violated the ceasefire by entering a zone controlled by Russian peacekeepers near the village of Farouk, but was withdrawn by Sunday.
Baku rejected Moscow’s claims. “There has been no change in the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the village of Farouk, which is part of the sovereign territory of our country,” the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said yesterday.
According to the ministry, the information about the withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from these positions is not true. “Our army is in full control of the operational situation,” the ministry said.