YEREVAN, August 2. / ARKA /. Armenian Defense Ministry has called on the Azerbaijani side to abstain from further escalation of tension on the border, warning of the possible consequences.
In recent days, the Azerbaijani side has stepped up subversive activities along the contact line having lost 15 servicemen over the last three days. The Armenian forces of Nagorno-Karabakh have reported three casualties.
"Azerbaijani armed forces do not end efforts to penetrate the Armenian positions to carry out sabotage acts. They use large-caliber arms and artillery - grenade launchers, mortars, anti-aircraft guns and other weapons.
The Azerbaijani side has intensified also the shelling of Armenian border villages. Both sides are sustaining more casualties with every passing day,“ the Armenian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said that this behavior of Azerbaijani Armed Forces runs completely contrary to the spirit and logic of the negotiation process within the OSCE Minsk Group and is fraught with escalation of the real threat into large-scale hostilities.
The Armenian Defense Ministry has called on the Azerbaijani side to refrain from steps further escalating the tension and make an effort to stabilize the situation.
"If the Azerbaijani side continues steps to heighten the tension, the Armenian armed forces will have to take stronger action to curb the senseless revanchist manifestations of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan to reduce the tension," the statement says. -0-