Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry Has Threatened A Missile Attack On A Nuclear Power Plant In Armenia
Azerbaijan can launch a high-precision missile attack on the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia if Yerevan decides to fire at the strategic facilities of Azerbaijan, the head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Colonel Vagif Dargyakhly, said.
"The Armenian side should not forget that the latest missile systems available in our army are capable of striking the Metsamor nuclear power plant with high accuracy, and this will turn into a huge tragedy for Armenia," Dargyakhly said, commenting on the Armenian side's threats to strike the Mingechevir reservoir in Azerbaijan. The statement was made against the background of the escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
Clashes on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan
The clashes that started on July 12 on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border continued for three days in the neighboring regions of Tovuz (Azerbaijan) and Tavush (Armenia), which also border Georgia and are located several hundred kilometers from the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh, where the situation remained calm.
According to the Azerbaijani side, 11 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed. The Armenian side declared four dead and, according to updated data, twenty wounded.
Azerbaijan and Armenia blame each other for the attacks. In particular, Armenian President Armen Sargsyan called Azerbaijan's actions "a blatant attempt at military aggression."
For his part, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said last Wednesday, July 15, that it did not make sense for his country to initiate military actions on the border with Armenia.
Aliev presented the following picture of what happened: "on July 12, the Armenian armed forces shelled the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the Tovuz district with artillery. As a result of this unexpected strike, our soldiers were killed, and there are wounded." The President stressed that in connection with the incident, he instructed the armed forces of Azerbaijan "to strike the enemy so that he could not forget about it for a long time."
Several countries and international organizations expressed concern about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and called on the parties to engage in dialogue. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it is ready to assist Baku and Yerevan to stabilize the situation.
On July 15, there was a lull in the tension zone on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. On July 16, in the morning, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced an attempt of sabotage from the Azerbaijani side and artillery attacks on Armenian villages on the border with Azerbaijan.
For its part, the Azerbaijani defense Ministry called the statements of the Armenian side disinformation and announced new attacks on Azerbaijani villages on the border with Armenia.
Yerevan reported losses on the part of the Azerbaijani military. This information was also denied in Baku.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
In the early 1990s, Azerbaijan lost control over the territory of Nagorny Karabakh and seven districts as a result of the conflict with the Armenian population of the region and Armenia.
The ceasefire between Armenia and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on the one hand and Azerbaijan on the other was established in May 1994.
Currently, the negotiation process is being mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, which was established in 1992 to find a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey. The group is co-chaired by Russia, France, and the United States.
Azerbaijan does not consider the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic a party to the conflict and refuses to negotiate with it.